Friday Festival: The Other Side of Christmas

Like every other pastor, I struggle with the Christmas Eve sermon.  Having spent the year with church members standing by a graveside, or sitting in a claustrophobic hospital consult room, or handing out tissues when there are no words, I wonder what to say when I look into their eyes on Christmas Eve.  The good… Read More

RCL: Praise and … Something Ugly

It must be Christmas 1, Year C because the dreaded “slaughter of the innocents” passage is the Gospel text this week. Of course, there are other options and most of us will choose one of them. Just in case you are feeling called away from God’s reclaiming of God’s people in Isaiah, or the joyful… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Celebrating Holidays

All Hallows Eve is coming. “Do we celebrate Halloween? Are there some people who don’t? Who doesn’t and why?” My seven year old son asks me. I think of our Pentecostal neighbors across the street, who we play with on a regular basis, “We do celebrate Halloween, but yes some people don’t. I don’t think… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Unwrapped Gifts (Matthew 3:1-17)

It is hard to fathom Jesus as a grown man when just this past Sunday he was a baby being visited by Los Tres Reyes Magos. The Christian Church spends four weeks preparing for the birth of Jesus but he only gets to be an infant for two Sundays. Okay, I confess that maybe the fact… Read More

Friday Festival: Incarnation Impact

  It’s the fourth day of Christmas, and we may still be working our way back into whatever “normal” looks like for us. The world around us seems to shift gears with relative ease. “Happy Holidays” has been replaced with “Happy New Year”; Christmas candy has been discounted to make room for pink and red… Read More