The Truth Will Out

Numbers 22:1-6 (NRSV) I would imagine the story of Balaam isn’t one most people are familiar with. It takes up a fair amount of space in the Old Testament; three whole chapters in the book of Numbers, which is quite a lot by Biblical standards. Still, it isn’t a story...

Soul Gardening

A woman dreamed she walked into a brand-new shop in the marketplace and, to her surprise, found God behind the counter. “What do you sell here?” she asked. “Everything your heart desires,” said God. Hardly daring to believe what she was hearing, the woman decided to...

To Believe or Not to Believe

John 14:1-8 (NRSV) To believe or not to believe, sounds like a sermon Shakespeare might’ve written doesn’t it. To believe or not to believe, that is the question. I can imagine Hamlet wringing his hands in the background. Except in this case, the man wringing his...

The Fruits of Silence

Psalm 62 (NRSV) There is a wonderful old cartoon I’ve been saving for Father’s Day. It’s from the strip is called, “Baby Blues,” and it features two little children. The girl begins by shouting out for her brother: “HAMMIE!” “WHAT??” he yells back. “WHERE ARE YOU?”...

Ride On! Ride On!

Do you not know that in a race the [bikers] all compete, but only one receives the prize? [Bike] in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. — First Corinthians...