Which Kingdom Do You Mean?

Year C Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Psalm 93 Revelation 1:4b-8 John 18:33-37 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… The Gospel is hard…  the Gospel is difficult…  the Gospel is so totally at odds with our American experience that fitting it into our lives may feel like forcing a square peg...

Stone by Stone

Year C Daniel 12:1-3 Psalm 16 Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25 Mark 13:1-8 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… “Grandmother, what big eyes you have!”“The better to see you with, my dear.”“And Grandmother, what big teeth you have!”“All the better to eat you up with.”And the wolf ate Little Red Riding Hood… We just heard...

Waiting for Sainthood

Year B Wisdom 3:1-9 Psalm 146 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… I only recently became aware of something called a “mash-up”…  but apparently they’ve been around for a long time…  friends of ours invited Joel and me over to see a movie that only someone with a vivid...

Slowing Down the Rush to Christmas

A Seven-Week Advent Redux When I was growing up, there were certain things you just couldn’t buy on Sunday. Entire sections of department stores were simply roped off, and retailers respected the rhythms (and boundaries) of the religious and secular holiday seasons. We didn’t see Christmas displays or hear Christmas music or notice any...