Sticks and Stones…

Receiving His Riches – Proper 15 year C “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” It’s a lie. I know that most of us were taught this little phrase by our mothers to help us manage the small cruelties of our...

Feeding on Him

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Psalm 111 or Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm 34:9-14 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 Dear Friends, First, my apologies for the tardiness of this post.  I’m off on vacation and I just couldn’t get my head around writing for a couple weeks there....

Joseph or Moses?

Receiving His Riches – Joseph or Moses? Proper 13 Year B RCL 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a Psalm 51:1-13 or Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 Psalm 78:23-29 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 In the last year or so, I have read many a message from one Christian preacher or another...

“What if?”

Receiving His Riches – Proper 12, Year B 2 Samuel 11:1-15 Psalm 14 or 2 Kings 4:42-44 Psalm 145: 10-19 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 When Sara and I lived in Manhattan we worshiped for about two and a half years at the Church of the Holy Apostles.  Sara also did...

What I Learned From the NFL Off-Season

What I learned from the NFL offseason Why the NFL works (and why it doesn’t) Now that the NFL draft is over we have the long haul before the opening of training camp and the preseason.  If only it were voluntary, this absence of football from my life!  Then I...

Onward Christian Soldiers

Receiving His Riches – Proper 11, Year B 2 Samuel 7:1-14a Psalm 89:20-37 or Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalm 23 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 “Onward, Christian soldiers!” One of my earliest church memories is of my first grade Sunday school class...

Consuming Fire

In keeping with this week’s theme of God’s break-out, I thought I’d repost an old RHR that deals with the same idea, the fire of God. Receiving His Riches 9 – II Advent, Year A Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12...

God Wants Out of Our Boxes!

Receiving His Riches 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 Psalm 24 or Amos 7:7-15 Psalm 85:8-13 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29 Reading this week’s text from 2 Samuel I was taken back to the 80’s, to the first of the “Indiana Jones” movies, “Raiders of...

“Go Lower!”

One of the great dangers of the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18 is the likelihood that some will read it and think, “Aha!  I know who those Pharisees are!  I know those self-righteous folk!  I’m so glad I’m  not like them!  I...

Northland – A Megachurch That Gets It

Up to now, the subjects of my “New Wanderers” series in my blog has focused on small Vineyard churches, very locally focused. But now, we move from the West Coast to the Eastern US – Florida, to be exact. This is the story of a megachurch of 12,000...