Archives for March 2009

A measure behind

Yesterday our congregation said good-bye to a dear friend. We remembered his honesty, commitment, generosity and hard-working ethic. We chuckled about how a few years back he took his chain saw out to help tackle the debris left by the tornado…that was back when he was almost 90 years old. He was a long-time baritone […]

Welcome to comment

Some of you have been asking how to comment on this blog. Type “create google account” into your search engine. Go to Create Google Account and you will be asked for the following information: a current email address, to choose a password, tell your location (United States), complete a word verification (like a one question […]

Window Times

There are lots of things we are called to do as people who follow Jesus, but near the top of the list has got to be praying with folks at “window” times, those places where we need to pull the curtains aside and view signs of God’s activity in our lives. The circumstances that push […]


Today the Church remembers Joseph, “guardian” of Jesus. Actually guardian is not my favorite word. For all intents and purposes, Joseph was Jesus’ dad, wasn’t he? He loved Jesus’ mother Mary, taught Jesus a trade (probably), took the family up to Jerusalem for the religious festivals, and if the dream in Matthew counts for anything […]

Words from Patrick

I remember last spring, several days into the long hike from D.C. to Pittsburgh, my feet were hurting, my shirt was drenched with sweat and I was so tired. I pulled out a copy of this song and started a rather wimpy effort at singing: I bind unto myself today the virtues of the starlit […]

Watching from the sidelines

This Sunday we hear about Peter, his most infamous hour when he denied to strangers that he even knew Jesus. On the positive side, at least Peter followed at a distance to see what was going to happen to his friend Jesus. That took more courage than most of the disciples showed. And although he […]

What to do with Judas?

I have been wondering about Judas, the disciple who ended up betraying Jesus. We will hear scripture about him on Sunday (John 13.21-31/John 18.1-9). What went wrong inside him? Why did he hand over Jesus to the authorities? Of course we don’t know and John makes it sound so black and white: he was a […]

Morning anointing

On Thursday I was working on the message about John 12 when Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with a costly perfume. Jesus said she was anointing him for his burial in a few days. I was impressed with how her action encouraged Jesus for his journey to the cross that week. Guessing how so many at […]