The Pastor’s Collection

Adaptability

Those who follow Jesus embody fluidity, adaptation, and collaboration. It’s what we call the third-culture way. Adaptable to changing circumstances. To challenging cultures. To complex crises and problems. If there’s one quality that matters most to the fate of the...

The Wedding in Cana

John 2:1-11 (NRSV) The Wedding in Cana is one of the more familiar stories in the Bible, partly because it is the source of the “water into wine” miracle that most everyone knows about, and partly because somewhere along the line, the church decided that all weddings...

Paying Homage

Matthew 2:1-12 (NRSV) The story is told of Magi who came from the east looking for a child born King of the Jews. They claimed to have seen a star at its rising and had come to the conclusion it portended a momentous birth; a birth that warranted a long journey, a...

New Year’s Resolution

O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things … Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound...

Christmas Eve Meditation

Into the Darkest Hour By Madeleine L’Engle It was a time like this, war & tumult of war, a horror in the air. hungry yawned the abyss – and yet there came the star and the child most wonderfully there. It was a time like this of fear & lust for power, license...

God in a Baby

Matthew 1:18-25 (NRSV) Pam and I had some friends down from Maine last Sunday. Linda, her granddaughter Ali and Ali’s 4-month-old son Carter. It was nice to see them. As a minister, it’s often hard to stay in touch with people from previous congregations; mostly...

Christmas Blessings

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose… ––Christmas Favorites Dear Friends, One week before Christmas. Amazing. Life continues to fly by. This has been an especially meaningful season for me, what with all the concerts, programs and...

The Gift of Joy

Philippians 4:4-7 (NRSV) One of my favorite old Peanuts cartoons begins with Lucy asking Charlie Brown a question. “Have you ever known anybody who was really happy?” Right at that moment, Snoopy comes dancing on tiptoe into the picture. He has his nose up high in the...

Email Problem Solved

Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. ––Philippians 3:13-14 Dear Friends, With luck, grace, and way too many hours on the phone with tech support, I...