Tag Archives: Lent

I Don’t Love a Parade

I’m not a big fan of parades. I associate them with being hot and crowded and uncomfortable. Each summer my mother would take us to the Fourth of July parade in her hometown of Oswego, NY. It was a big … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Can These Bones Rise?

This morning I drove from Yankton, SD to Omaha, NE. I was awed by the beauty of the landscape which wasn’t quite as flat as I anticipated. I drove through miles of farmland with some fields freshly furrowed to show … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Defined by Love

Between the Samaritan woman’s five husbands and the unnamed man’s blindness, sin and shame bounce around, defining these people. The woman was pushed to the margins of her community either by her neighbors or by her own inclination to avoid … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

A Time, a Place, a Lesson

I’d like to say that my mother taught me to cook. She didn’t really, I learned by watching her in the kitchen. Later, when I was living on my own in the days before Google, I would call her and … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Under the Cover of Night

When I was a child, I firmly believed in monsters under the bed that came alive in the dark. I dreaded dark places where spiders and snakes and monsters lived. I always made sure I curled up away from the … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Time for Extravagance

Some weeks are busier than others. Some weeks are so packed with intensity it feels impossible to focus on anything more than the next scheduled event. In many ways this has been that kind of a week for me. I … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Faith and Politics

It’s just after Super Tuesday and I’m having trouble reconciling the atmosphere of this election cycle with the messages of this week’s text. The common themes in the RCL this week are repentance, forgiveness, and restoration. When religion, Christianity in … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment