February 26, 2013.Reading time 15 minutes.
Luke 13:31-35 Let’s do something different. Bear with me here. Go back in your memory to a specific date, time of day, place, and an event in which you saw the symbol of the cross. Stand in that place. What do you see? What do you hear? Be specific. Pay attention to what you are […]
February 19, 2013.Reading time 17 minutes.
Luke 4:1-13 These 40 days of Lent is a time to reflect on identity. Who am I? Who is God? Who is my neighbor? Who are we? Whenever we look deeply at our own identity, if we are open, we can even surprise ourselves. We can find out something new that we didn’t recognize before. […]
February 14, 2013.Reading time 9 minutes.
Isaiah 58:3–12 Fast Actions In 2011 and 2012, more than 10,000 people participated in the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast, sponsored by the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. Each day, participants [including me] received an email with one concrete suggestion for the day, an action that would lessen their carbon footprint. Leadership of […]
February 12, 2013.Reading time 16 minutes.
Luke 9:28-43 So the other day I was walking down the street in University City in Philadelphia, on my way to a meeting. It was cold [of course] and so people were hurrying to class, work, or wherever they needed to go without hesitating one bit. Who could blame them? It was cold. I admit […]
February 6, 2013.Reading time 18 minutes.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 One of the countries I visited in January with my life partner Maria is an often misunderstood place. Nicaragua is the largest Central American country on the isthmus. It sits right above Costa Rica and below Honduras. Nicaragua is beautiful–full of volcanoes, unique architecture, incredible beaches, and an eye-opening diversity of wildlife […]
February 1, 2013.Reading time 19 minutes.
Luke 4:14-21 Just a few weeks ago, Maria and I found ourselves in the crazy, huge city of Panama City, of course, the capitol city of Panama, the southernmost country in Central America. Panama is situated on the isthmus that connects North and South America; it is bordered by Costa Rica [remember the Ticos and […]