Tag Archives: Mark

A Poem about the Widow’s Mite

Here’s a poem from my book, Negotiating the Shadows. It’s based on the Mark text for this week. A Widow’s Wisdom a simple offering outweighed all others combined two copper coins almost without value took on significance she gave to You all … Continue reading

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Bartimaeus, Black Lives Matter, and Blindness

May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. I don’t know about you, but I am appalled by the news of churches burning in St. Louis. Six black churches in a week and mainstream media has barely … Continue reading

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Beautiful Feet

Many years ago while I was serving my first church as associate pastor, I horrified two elderly women one afternoon. It was a late summer or early fall day and I happened to be the only one in the office … Continue reading

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Bidding Prayer for Compassion

Come, let us pray for the Church throughout the world. (silence or a time for people to quietly give voice to their concerns) Eternal God, “Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.” Too often … Continue reading

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Charged with Welcome

Some weeks come with their very own theme. I’m not sure exactly how it happens, but this week I’ve had many conversations about seeing the “other.” The conversations were with colleagues, parishioners, friends, and my wife. The specific topics included … Continue reading

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Significant Questions

After a short though very intense week, I find myself asking if it isn’t too late to go back to the weeks of “bread?”  I know clergy often find those weeks to be repetitive and, therefore, challenging. However, these tense … Continue reading

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Summer Time

Rest. Relaxation. Renewal. Restoration. These are enticing words. I often associate them with summer. During the summer season I tend to believe there really is more time and a slower pace to life. And every summer at about this time … Continue reading

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