Devotional


Our cross to bear or taking up our cross?

This morning I will be celebrating at a nearby parish and was going over my sermon notes. Today is Proper 8, the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. The thrust of my sermon is the cost of following Christ, of taking up our cross daily (Luke 9:23). As I was reviewing my notes a thought occurred to […]


Where are the fatherly role models in the Bible? 9

This is not, by the way, a late post for Father’s Day 2016. It is a really late Father’s Day 2015 post. I started it more than a year ago. It started, in part, because I have seen the encouragement and strength my wife has felt from all of the strong female examples in the Bible. That is iron, of […]


“I give you a new commandment, that you like one another.”

No. We are not commanded to like anyone. From today’s Gospel reading: 13:34 [Jesus said,] “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” We are not […]


Losing faith 4

 The Collect: Second Sunday of Easter, Rite Two Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives […]


Beautiful and Terrible Things — A Biblical Theology of Suffering and Grace 3

This is my most recent idea for the title of a work coming out of my recent writings and talks on suffering. (See the page A Biblical Theology of Suffering for those links.) The quote comes from Frederick Buechner and is oft cited. I have used it for years in graduation speeches. The fuller context […]


“I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”

This was/will be an entry in a daily devotional that I am developing. The tentative title is A Year Without. This entry is probably too long as written so I am posting it here in full.  2Sam. 12:20 Then David rose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes. He went into the house of the LORD, and […]


What is it to light a candle?

My wife has recently written about the fact that when we travel and there are churches or cathedrals to visit, we light a candle for Mack. We have done this since last summer, the summer after he passed. There are usually hundreds of candles burning there. People light them for many reasons: as a memorial, […]


What makes a strong marriage? 1

This morning I noticed this well-meaning quote in an image shared by a friend on Facebook. It is a quote from Ashley Willis (whatcha talkin’ ’bout?) who is apparently a person who should know about marriage. I am assuming, since I do not know who she is, but the quote is this: A strong marriage […]


Surely this is sarcasm: Luke 16:9 2

I mentioned the other day that the Gospel for this week is a difficult passage: Luke 16:1-13. It is the parable of the so-called “unjust steward” and the parable ends with Jesus’ statement in verse 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, […]


"For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face."

How are we to be anxious about the right things? 2

I will be preaching Sunday evening and I was looking over the lectionary for the day. It is Proper 20 Year C following the Revised Common Lectionary. While I will likely preach on the Epistle (not because I am avoiding the very difficult Gospel passage of Luke 16:1-13, what is up with that?!) the Collect for the […]