Enigmatic Messages June 17, 2018

All the readings for this Sunday are about God’s enigmatic messages that are delivered to a skeptical audience …or perhaps not even listening. Just before today’s first reading begins, Ezekiel says that God’s message will come in a riddle or parable. The word of the...

Serpents and Daemons June 10, 2018

The first reading for Sunday June 10, 2018 is the story of “The Fall” by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, (Genesis 3:8-15). The larger context of this passage is Gen 2:4 – 3:24, the second creation story.  It describes how God created man and woman and...

Sabbath Holy June 3, 2018

One theme that winds through the scripture readings for June 3 is the Sabbath day and what is means. The first reading comes from Deuteronomy 5:12-15, a sermon of instruction given by Moses to the Israelites before they crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land. Moses...

Trinity May 27, 2018

At first glance the three readings for Trinity Sunday do not appear to have a single thread, but together they provide three continuous points on the line of how the idea of Trinity developed.  (The concept as we now think of it was only fully defined in the Council...

Pentecost, May 20, 2018

The following commentary is a version of the sermon for Pentecost, 2018. In one sense I’ve been preparing this sermon for years. It has been the product of inhabiting this scripture passage in my imagination. I hope to share with you some of my questions and sense of...