Opening Sentence: “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
The musical South Pacific, according to Wikipedia, is based on James A. Michener’s 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific and combines elements of several of those stories. Rodgers and Hammerstein, who wrote the musical believed they could send a strong progressive message on racism. (more…)
Sometimes, no matter what you do, you can’t win. You know the feeling?
That seems to be what Jesus is saying in today’s gospel lesson: First you criticize John the Baptist for being too strict, not sociable, and never enjoying a meal, and then you criticize Jesus for eating and drinking too much and being glutton. (more…)
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and women] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Once a year, on this Fourth of July weekend when we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, I like to tell a story. It is a story not well known but should be. (more…)
Today is Trinity Sunday, the day the Church sets aside for preaching about this ancient — and obtuse — doctrine of the Trinity. It is perhaps no accident that the Church saves this teaching moment for the start of summer vacations.
In many churches, the task of explaining the Trinity falls to a seminarian. It’s kind of a rite of passage: Let’s see how fast the seminarian gets in trouble.
But since we have no seminarian, you get me. (more…)
My mother died when I was 22 years old. Her death was hard for me because in addition to being my mother, she was also my best friend. That was not always the case. We had great difficulties during my teenage years and it was only after I moved out of the house at 18 to go to school that we had enough space between us for our love to grow and to flower into the beautiful thing it became. I grew up with my mother and stepfather and as close as I was to my mother I was equally distant from my stepfather. So, when he died 2 decades after my mother I was surprised at how deeply I felt his loss. What also surprised me was the sense that in addition to being an orphan, I lost for a time my sense of self. It occurred to me then that I no longer belonged to anybody. Having never married, I was nobody’s wife, no body’s mother and now nobody’s child. This sense of not belonging to anyone was deeply felt despite my having brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends who loved me and still do. (more…)
This faith we follow is based on words — many, many words. We start with the immensity of the Bible. There are 783,137 words in the King James Bible. By comparison, the Bible is about one-third longer than Tolstoy’s War and Peace. (more…)
What we do tonight is very ancient – and very new.
Tonight, we stand with people long ago who the lit the fires of hope, and told the ancient stories of creation, deliverance and resurrection. They faced impossible odds and certain death, and still they proclaimed “Alleluia!” (more…)