I think that one of the most profound phrases in all the scriptures can be found in our Gospel reading today. It is six, simple words: “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” It is a humble, respectful request, made to the disciples by a group of travelers, people of Greek origin, who have apparently come a … More We Want to See Jesus
There are some noises that drive me kind of crazy. I’m sure the same is true for you as well. Fingernails on a chalkboard. I hate that. Our dog, barking at 2 in the morning. The sound of people talking during a movie…in a theater…ugh. The sound of a car with a bad battery, trying to start. … More The Habit of the Word
The new fence went in this past week around the playground at Trinity. It replaces the (quite ugly) temporary, plastic fencing that has been in place since the beginning of the school year. We put the fence in to fulfill a state licensing requirement, needed because the Trinity Nursery School was expanding its hours. We … More The Law of Love
As the pandemic has drawn on (and on…and on…and on…), an interesting debate has emerged about the role of face masks – their effectiveness and their necessity. I will be the first to admit: I hate wearing face masks. I don’t like that it makes it more difficult to breathe, they are not comfortable, and … More Faith, Liberty and Face Masks
I have been looking forward to this week’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew for weeks. Really, I have. For at least a month, we’ve been plowing away through these set of instructions that Jesus was giving to the disciples on what to do and how to act once He was gone. And truth be … More Patina
The power of water is an amazing thing to witness. Certainly, we saw that earlier this week. The heavy rains Thursday and the flooding between here and Rochester were a stark reminder of what water can do. At an earlier stage of my life, I spent a lot of time on the water, in canoes. … More Nope. Never Again.
At their confirmation retreat a couple of weeks ago, our 10th graders had the opportunity to ask faith questions about things they were still wondering about. We discussed as many as we could, but I said that I would try and answer the questions that remained on my blog over the next few weeks. Here … More 10th Grade Faith Questions Part III
At this time of year, there is energy, and excitement: The school year is rolling Sunday School, confirmation and adult faith formation launch this next week Today, we’re sending a couple of hundred people out into the community to serve with our partner ministries We’re launching a brand new Wednesday night worship service And tomorrow … More Messy Relationships
Has there ever been something that you really, really wanted…or maybe even something that you needed…and you just couldn’t quite get there? Maybe it’s a goal…or a hope…but it’s something that you’ve really been working towards…and it remains, elusively out of your reach. I’ve experienced that. I’m sure you have too. In my college years, … More So Close
Last Sunday, the words “He is Risen!” were immediately responded to with the refrain “He is Risen Indeed!” Choruses of “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” were sung and around the world, 2.2 billion Christians gathered to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For people of Christian faith, this event changes everything. Jesus says in Matthew … More Resurrection! Alleluia! Now What?