Today we formally welcome Jackson Thomas Grieco into the created life we all share. We affirm that he, like everyone, has an essential role to play in God’s ongoing creation, even though we may never know what that role will be. We affirm that without him acting authentically in his God-given role, our own lives […]

Once, after the disciples had observed Jesus praying, one of them said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1-13). So he gave them some words, though it wasn’t words they wanted, and though any words could have served as well, even words they already knew. As observant Jews, the disciples already knew the […]

Martha “was distracted by her many tasks,” the scriptures tell us (Luke 10:38-42), and she didn’t even have Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. It’s no wonder we’re distracted today. Ask a room full of busy professionals how they feel most days and you’re likely to find that just about everyone swims in a flood of distractions, […]

It’s important to know who my neighbor is, the one I’m to love, because my life depends on it, and yours does, too. Having life, the abundant life that was the whole purpose of Jesus’ life and teaching, the more and better life than anyone ever dreamed of (John 10:10 The Message), depends on two […]

We’re still close enough to the season of commencement addresses to remember the advice of Ray Bradbury: “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. . . […]

Sometimes Jesus just seems cranky, like during this road trip through Samaria (Luke 9:51-62). Someone offers to follow him, and Jesus encourages him to reconsider. You’ll have no place ever again to call home, Jesus tells him, no place even to rest (vv. 57-58). Jesus invites another, who wants to honor his father, and tells […]

Have you been saved? I remember the last time someone asked me that question. It was during my undergraduate years when I was working at a funeral home – an oddly appropriate place to ask the question, don’t you think – and someone whom I vaguely knew came up to me and asked with all […]

If you recall 1975’s pet rock fad, you won’t be surprised to learn of the fellow – Larry was his name – who lived alone with a stone he was trying to teach to talk. He rescued the palm-size oval stone from a beach and kept it on a shelf, covered it with a piece […]

Celebrating Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday, 31 May 2019 — In a quotation that photographer Dorothea Lange took as her credo and that I could very well take as mine, Francis Bacon (1561-1626) wrote, “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitute or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than […]

Every Christian, and every congregation that professes to be part of the body of Christ, is ultimately concerned with two things. There are many other particular concerns, but I believe it’s absolutely necessary to be able to make a direct connection between each one of those other concerns and the first two. If we cannot […]