Shaped by the Margins

“It would seem that, quite possibly, the ultimate measure of health in any community might well reside in our ability to stand in awe at what folks have to carry rather than in judgment at how they carry it.” (Rev. Gregory Boyle)

Kinship is what happens when we refuse to forget that we belong to one another. Kinship is ever inching closer to the margins and standing with the oppressed and powerless. Kinship is walking with Jesus and your neighbor in the expansive and generous mercy of God.. … More Shaped by the Margins

Boldness in the Storm

Peter stepped out in boldness into the storm, and came toward Jesus. This is a lesson for us as disciples: Jesus wants us to step into the storm with him in boldness. We are invited to step into the storm of poverty with boldness and say that poverty can be ended. We are invited to step into the storm of the school-to-prison pipeline and believe that we can change it. We are invited to step into the storm of racism and misogyny and work with boldness to end them. We are invited to step into the storm, taking hold of Jesus’ outstretched hand, and come safely to the shore. … More Boldness in the Storm

On Being Wheat

our presence in the world as Christians is not to seek out and purge sin and evil—God will tend to that. Our purpose as followers of Jesus in the world is to invest our energy in embodying this radical love of God in our everyday living, to love deeply even when love is hard to come by, to dream withGod about what is possible even in the face of the impossible, to open wide our hearts…even in a field with some questionable plants. … More On Being Wheat

The Yoke of Jesus

When Jesus talks about the heavy yoke, he is talking to those on the spiritual journey on whom a heavy burden had been placed by the Pharisees. Jesus promises those who follow after him a light burden and yoke that is good to bear. To come to Jesus is to discover that the task of getting it all right under the burden of the law is replaced by the absolute gift of God’s abiding presence. … More The Yoke of Jesus

A Radical Welcome!

June 28, 2020 (Proper 8A) Lessons for Proper 8A: Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Romans 6:12-23; and, Matthew 10:40-42 Let’s just get this straight from the start: Whoever welcomes you welcomes Jesus! And let’s not quibble or equivocate over the definition of “you;” let’s just assume its means everyone for whom the message is meant, that … More A Radical Welcome!

To Tell Our Stories

May we find spaces in which we can be brave enough to tell our stories in the light. And to proclaim from the rooftops that all of our hope is in the love of God—redeeming and reconciling love. Love powerful enough to cast out fear. Love radical enough to reorder our world. And God entrusts all of this to you and me and something as fragile as a story. Amen. … More To Tell Our Stories