A few years ago, I went on a fishing trip with some buddies to Idaho. We spent a week exploring the streams and lakes around McCall, Idaho.
We caught a lot of fish, and some of us – like me – started to get a little overconfident.
One afternoon, we worked our way downstream along the Payette River, which winds through a wooded canyon and into a rocky gorge.
Somehow I ended up on the north side of the gorge while everyone else was on the south side of the gorge. (more…)
Thank you for bringing us home.
Please let me introduce you to Lori, my wife, my partner, my best friend.
We are thrilled to be back in our home territory of Northern California, and we are thrilled to be in this beautiful church.
We are thrilled to be with you.
To be here in Sonoma County is like a dream, and I am still pinching myself to make sure it real. (more…)
It is always good to be here, to have the honor of speaking to you and presiding at this altar, and today somehow I feel that especially. It seems a moment to reflect that it’s been a challenging, choppy time for Incarnation this past nine months or so, often painful and/or confusing for many of you, I know.
All of life is transition, but this last year it has been especially so, and we humans find change and transition and uncertainty stressful even though they are, fact, the norm. (more…)
It’s all too big for them. Its all too out of control. Whirlwinds. Surf, beating at the little boat. Teacher, don’t you care that we are perishing?
Now, really. What are they expecting him to do? Yes, they’ve witnessed some miraculous healing. Yes, they’ve seen him exorcise a demon. They’ve heard him teach and they’ve heard the confusing stories he tells. But now—just what are they expecting from him in the middle of a hurricane? (more…)
A New Creation
2 Corinthians 5:6-17 – “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”
For me, an example and vibrant part of that new creation is the awareness that the person who is sitting in front of you, the one sitting behind you, and on either side of you, are potential healers. You are a potential healer, but you and they do not know that to be a fact. (more…)
Think about this: what were the first words God spoke to human beings in today’s episode of the great drama of our holy scriptures? What were those first words? Do you remember?
“Where are you?” God asks. “Where are you?”
These weren’t the first words God spoke to the human in the story. (more…)
Three Spheres of Religious Life
Trinity Sunday, Year B – Nicodemus came to Jesus at night and, I note, that we, too, like Nicodemus, may need the cover of darkness to safely approach God. Nicodemus is a Pharisee, zealously observing a tight, rule-based faith. But notwithstanding the discipline of his piety, down in his soul, his intuition tells him that Jesus holds a truth that he is seeking. (more…)