There may be nothing left to say about this Gospel Lesson. There is a king – Herod – afraid that his kingdom will come crashing down around him.  There is a kingdom – Judea – full of people who are afraid of this king, and not eager to attract his attention. There are the real […]

through different eyes.

Between Christmas and New Year’s day, for as long as I can remember, there has been a huge hockey tournament in my home town.  Midget teams from all over the region (and sometimes, from such exotic places as Northern Michigan or Ohio) would come to compete in the “International Silver stick”.  There are versions of […]

Ready or not.

In the name of God – Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer.  Amen Christmas is coming.  Really; it can’t be stopped.  Your preparation time can no longer be measured.  What is left cannot be managed in the next twenty four hours (I speak from experience); so I’ll invite you, for a few moments, to still your frantic selves […]

Who do you think you are…?

I am NOT the Messiah…not Elijah. Thanks for nothing, pal, but could you answer the question: Who are you? John does not seem to care much about his public image. He doesn’t seem to notice that he is provoking a potentially dangerous opponent. The people asking these questions are used to being shown some respect […]

Eternal potential

“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” For most of us, Christmas marks that particular beginning. The infant Jesus; nervous parents; curious visitors.  The story we know so well points to something new, and wonderful, and tender, taking place in Bethlehem of Judah, and our Christmas celebrations affirm that […]

Advent 1B –

In the name of God – Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer. Amen At the start of a season of preparation, I discover that I have been preparing for the wrong things. Not that the things Lea and I have been doing were not important – decisions about what gets packed, who gets one more visit; what needs […]

“…as for me and my house…”

The journey is over, but the work is not finished.  That might well be the strand that connects the stories of the Israelites in the early books of the Old Testament.  One by one, the patriarchs – the leaders – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua; each of them complete their tasks and their time on […]