Risking Everything

December 25, 2016 Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:18-25 Thomas Merton writes, “Sooner or later if we follow Christ we have to risk everything in order to gain everything. We have to gamble on the invisible and risk all that we see and taste and feel. But we know the risk is worth it, because there is…

In Weakness

December 24, 2016 Scripture Readings: Luke 2:1-21, Philippians 2:5-11 This year, as I was reading the story of Jesus’ birth, I have been keenly aware of the dynamics of power and weakness that are at work in the Jesus-story. Have you noticed it? At the onset of the story issues of power, status, and control…

God’s Intrusions

November 27, 2016 – Matthew 24:36-44; Romans 13:11-14 – Would you believe it? Today is the first Sunday of Advent. That says Christmas is just four weeks away! I think we have often misunderstood this Advent emphasis in the church year, deeming it to be the run-up to Christmas. We are surprised, therefore, that the…

A Troubling Journey

November 20, 2016 – Scriptures: 1 Peter 4:12-19;  Matthew 5:14-16 – Today is the last Sunday in the Christian liturgical year and is called Christ the King Sunday. Next Sunday, the beginning of Advent, marks the start of a new church year. So, today marks both an ending and a beginning. [Click here to read more]