Anne Lamott, Presbyterian ruling elder, novelist, and remarkably free spirit grew up in anything but a religious home. That sets the stage for when she writes: 

     

Some of you were taught to pray at bedtime with your parents, and when I spent...

March 29, 2020

Text: John 11: 1-45.                                                                  

I nominate Lazarus as t...

March 22, 2020

Text: Ezekiel 37: 1-14       Can these bones live? That is the question that God asks the prophet Ezekiel when his fellow Jews are quarantined in Babylon, isolated from friends and family, forced to assimilate or to drown in despair.

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December 4, 2019

Text: Haggai 1:15b-2:9

I am a sucker for movie musicals. A favorite of mine is Camelot. I can still hear Richard Burton as King Arthur faux-singing: 

A law was made a distant moon ago here:
July and August cannot be too hot.
And there's a legal limit to the snow here
In...

December 1, 2019

Text: Matthew 24:36-44; Romans 13:11-14

Thanksgiving is over. December has arrived and for most people the Christmas countdown is on. As for me, I have been on a quiet countdown to Advent long before the first leaf started to fall.  

It is hard to blame those who ignore...

November 3, 2019

Text:  Luke 19:1-10

Luke tells us four things about Zacchaeus. First of all, his name; Zacchaeus, is from the Hebrew zakkai, meaning “pure” or “innocent.” Second, his profession was “chief tax collector,” meaning that Zacchaeus was neither pure nor innocent. Third, Zacc...

October 27, 2019

Text:  Psalm 84

 “Welcome home.” Those two simple words conjure up a rush of images. Many images are from my childhood – images of loved ones now gone, long hours playing games inside on cold, rainy days and even longer hours of playing games outside. 

“Welcome home...

October 20, 2019

Genesis 32:4-22; 33:1-9

Esau was the first-born son, the child of privilege, a privilege he would never enjoy. For beginning in the birth canal, younger brother Jacob would grab and twist and steal Esau’s privilege, taking everything from his brother’s birthright to Fat...

October 6, 2019

Text: Luke 17:5-10

I like the Jesus I meet in the Gospels. I like it when I am exhausted and he says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” I like it when I am standing at the bedside of a dying friend and he says, “I am the resurrect...

September 29, 2019

Luke 16:19-31

Some memories never go away and maybe never should. For twelve years in Atlanta, I navigated fences and gates to get into the downtown church I served. Late each evening, those same fences and gates served as the backdrop for women and men as they would ro...

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