Good Grief

Isaiah 40:28-31 (NRSV) Some years ago, I had an eye-opening, heart-opening experience that taught me a lesson about grief that I’ve never forgotten. It happened like this. When I was in the Coast Guard, I had bought myself a wristwatch. It was a Seiko and it cost me...

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...

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...

If God is For Us…

Romans 8:28-39 (NRSV) Are you familiar with the artwork of Andrew Wyeth? I don’t think I had ever heard of him before going to Maine. But, like a lot of people, after I moved to Camden, I grew to appreciate his work. It seems to be on display everywhere. He’s...