Friday Festival

Our bloggers are reflecting on travel, and the baggage we carry, this week.  They are our tour guides into new spiritual territory. Beginning with the intriguing lament, “I have always wanted to be a tiny-purse carrier,” Melissa Bane Sevier reflects on what we carry around, and Jesus’ instructions to his disciples not to carry a… Read More

Friday Festival: Popsicle Time

mmer is coming!  In some places where school ends early, it’s here. Whether we live on a school year calendar or not, summer brings a lift to the spirits, and the hope of a change in our routine.  Some people travel, and others take dinner outside.  Some of us develop a daily ice cream ritual,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary – Before and After (Galatians 1:13-17, 2:11-21)

A staple feature of women’s magazine’s is the makeover.  We get the “before” picture, with the disorganized closet, the unflattering haircut or the dated clothes.  Then the experts take over, and we see the “after” picture of the functional closet, the arresting haircut, or the stylish new clothes.  One magazine, bowing to reality, used to… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Surprising Jesus, this is the season when you appear around corners, through closed doors, traveling along the road, or letting us put our hands in your side, breathing on us, or feeding us breakfast. You do the most ordinary and the most extraordinary of things. Keep us alert, we pray, to moments of resurrection. Open… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Heartburn (Luke 24:13-35)

Journalist Cokie Roberts said once that, decades after her father’s death, she still thinks she sees him on the streets of Washington, D.C., the city where he lived and worked.  Someone with a similar gait, or mannerisms, will catch her eye, and for a brief, impossible moment, she thinks it’s her father. We have the… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Lost Souls (Luke 16:19-31)

I recently damaged the side mirror on my car, and was lamenting the need to go to the dealer for a replacement.  Sad previous experience had taught me that this would be very expensive.  “Don’t do that,” one of our church custodians told me, “there’s a much cheaper way to do it.”  He told me… Read More