Monthly Archives: March 2016

Plotting resurrection

On the first day of the week some women came to the cemetery to find the body of Jesus. They did what any of us would have done. They came looking for him where they had left him, where they had last seen him, where they knew he must surely still be. And there they […]

Coming to the table in love

[Reflections for an interdenominational Holy Thursday communion service] Perhaps the most precious possession left by my grandmother Edith, who had few possessions to leave, was an old kitchen spoon. Dulled with the patina of its age and worn flat on one side by decades of stirring whatever was cooking on her stove, it would hardly […]

Decide to surrender

The spiritual renewal at the heart of Lent is not about learning to follow the rules of the Christian or any other religion. It’s about finding a way to experience being fully alive and fully human.1 It’s a way to discover what it means to be alive and to experience what Jesus said he came […]

Decide to respond

Jesus’ question seems aimed at a practical response to an immediate need, but it’s much more. It’s a test of spirit, a test of faith. “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” he asked Philip (John 6:5). It’s a question you might hear at any church finance committee meeting: How are […]