Maundy Thursday: The Uncut Version of John chapter 13

Maundy Thursday 2021: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35. You’ve likely noticed that something is missing tonight.  It’s rather obvious: it’s a Maundy Thursday service with no foot-washing! We can expect the return of this ritual when the pandemic is behind us.  But, there’s something perhaps less obvious that’s missing. I wonder if you noticed … Continue reading Maundy Thursday: The Uncut Version of John chapter 13

The Snake-bites of Life Need Not be Fatal

Lent 4, Year B: Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21. In the famous words of the character Indiana Jones in the 1981 movie Raiders of the Lost Ark:  “Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” Ha! — that’s exactly what I thought when I read the lectionary texts last week!  Snakes. Actually, the text calls them serpents. And we’re … Continue reading The Snake-bites of Life Need Not be Fatal

Ash Wednesday: Geology and the Heart

Ash Wednesday: Psalm 51; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. Wyoming, Utah, and Hawaii: my family’s vacations have sometimes been more like geological studies. In our country’s beautiful national parks, I have marveled at the wonder of creation and how so long ago our Creator spoke our universe into being … along with the great variety of life through the … Continue reading Ash Wednesday: Geology and the Heart