Life Ever Comes from Death

Mortal… can these bones live?… I answered… O Lord God… you know…  In the year 587 BCE… the nation of Israel ended…  its long magnificent history… finished… no… Israel didn’t just have a cut or an abrasion… Israel didn’t just have a laceration that needed a few stitches… or a limb that needed a...

Our Own Wilderness Journey

I really didn’t want to give up this much for Lent. And I didn’t want to give up Holy Week either. Or Easter. At 7:30 am on March 15, my body had a “felt sense” that I was in the wrong place. I woke up at the usual time, but when I would typically...

Flesh and Spirit

Lent 2 Year A Genesis 12:1-4a Psalm 121 Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 John 3:1-17 At Diocesan Convention… in Dayton, OH… perhaps fourteen years ago… I was volunteering with Integrity… the Episcopal Church’s LGBT advocacy organization… and while I was at the booth… a deacon came up to me… when no one else was there… he...

Pebbles and Mountains

Lent 1 Year A Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 Psalm 32 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 Today’s Hebrew Scripture… about Adam and Eve and the serpent… brings to mind ideas about sin… and perhaps original sin… but neither the word sin… nor any synonym for it… appears in Chapters 2 or 3… and Chapter 3 doesn’t talk...

Awareness

As we navigate our way through Lent, I invite us to consider all the things we do, but to pay particular attention to those for whom we do them, and to carefully dig down past the typical reasons towards any underlying reasons there may be for doing them. I invite us to be more...