American Gospel

In one of the last letters of his life, written, his doctor said, with “all the striking characteristics of his vigorous and unfaded intellect,” [Thomas] Jefferson spoke of America’s hard-won freedom from monarchs who used church and state to reign over others, acting...

Do You Come In Peace?

First Samuel 16:1-5 (NRSV) When Samuel came to Bethlehem, the city elders came to meet him. They were shaking with fear. “Do you come in peace?” they wanted to know. Good question. You see, Samuel was the prophet who anointed Saul as the first King of Israel. This was...

Does Not Wisdom Call

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 (NRSV) Does not Wisdom call? That sounds like a question, and it is. But it’s a rhetorical question. It’s a statement in the form of a question. Obviously, we are meant to understand that wisdom is indeed calling. Putting it in the form of a...

Jesus Rejoiced!

Luke 10:21-24 (NRSV) Some years ago up in Maine, on a rare Monday when Pam and I had a day off together, we decided to go exploring. We drove down to Port Clyde and got some wonderful pictures at Marshall Point. Then we worked our way back up the coast in no...

Compassion

Have compassion for everyone you meet Even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit, Bad manners or cynicism is always a sign Of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on Down there where the spirit meets the bone. — Miller...