Where you are planted…

When Shiloh and I bought our first home in Galloway NJ, we planted a tree. I remember the experience because it was one of those first big kinds of milestones in our life. We had been living in dorms and then apartments, then rented houses, but now this was our house, it was exciting andContinue reading “Where you are planted…”

It’s bigger than that…

The second reading for this coming Sunday comes from Romans chapter 6 verse 11, “so you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” When Pastor Paul says this he is addressing a question asked of him, basically saying “does it matter how I live?” We already know theContinue reading “It’s bigger than that…”

What would we bring?

What gift would you bring to give to Jesus? We’ve just come out of the season of gift giving and gift buying and I’m pretty sure we’re out of the season when people wait in really long lines at the store, just to participate in that yearly holiday tradition- gift returning. But this Sunday weContinue reading “What would we bring?”

A New Year… A New Song

So this is Christmas, And what have you done. Another year over, And a new one just begun. A very merry Christmas, And a happy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a good one. Without any fear. John Lennon, “so this is Christmas.” No offense to Lennon fans, but this is really not one of my favorite songs, not least because weContinue reading “A New Year… A New Song”

Peace on Earth

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, IContinue reading “Peace on Earth”

Start at the End

“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” Reading that passage from today’s Epistle lessons makes me want to say that traditional call and response we say every Easter, “Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed, Alleluia!” Say it with me, “Christ is Risen.Continue reading “Start at the End”

“Half a Million Bucks!”

What would you do with $675,000 dollars, a half a million bucks cash, tax-free? It is interesting that our modern day word talent, that we use to refer to personal gifts and abilities, comes directly from this Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30. But when Jesus was speaking about talents he was talking aboutContinue reading ““Half a Million Bucks!””

Parable of the Ten Virgins, Explained…. mostly

The Great Wisdom literature of the Bible talks about the way of wisdom and discernment and the way of foolishness as being like two separate paths that a person can follow or like two different people whose ways of living are proved as wise or foolish when a trial or crisis occurs. To live aContinue reading “Parable of the Ten Virgins, Explained…. mostly”

Rachel Weeping on Christmas

“A voice was heard in Ramah,     weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children;     she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:18 This is one of the Christmas stories that is rarely told. This was the fulfillment of the prophecies from the prophet Jeremiah, somewhere between 600 years before the ChristContinue reading “Rachel Weeping on Christmas”

The Key

This weeks meditation is from Matthew 16:13-20. I remember my first year of marriage with Shi, that year when you begin to really realize what it’s like living with a different person. I left the toilet seat up and she put it down. I left the cap off of the tube of toothpaste, which droveContinue reading “The Key”