I Am! Has Sent Me

Exodus 3:13-15 (NRSV) In the play “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim, there’s a wonderful little scene between the two brother princes. The younger brother has met a girl, high in a tower in the woods, with whom he immediately fell desperately in love. Talking with...

Who Do You Say I Am?

Matthew 16:13-20 (NRSV) A few years ago, Pam and I had a wonderful opportunity to go to Italy for a few days with my clergy group through a grant from the Lily Foundation. It ended up being one of the best trips we’ve ever taken, but it didn’t start out that way. Pam...

The Woman at the Well

John 4:1-15 (NRSV) Whenever I do bible study, I like to encourage people to do more than just read the bible. There’s certainly much to be learned by just reading the bible, but there is a great deal more to be learned if we’re willing to do a little background...

Worship Changes

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? —Isaiah 43:19 (RSV) Dear Friends, I don’t know if I’ve shared this with you already, but early on in our pandemic lockdown, I received a cartoon from a colleague that perfectly captures the...

Learning From Loneliness

Matthew 14:13-32 (NRSV) How are you feeling? No seriously. How are you holding up in the midst of everything that’s going on these days? It’s pretty quiet at our house, most of the time. Like a lot of you, Pam and I have been hunkered down at home for months. There’s...