Lectionary Haiku 6 March 2022

First Sunday in Lent Typically, today commemorates Jesus’ testing in the Judean wilderness at the commencement of his public ministry. He was “tested in every way as we were” which invites us to reflect on his and our humanity when under duress or discerning a straight course through a minefield of lesser callings. Deuteronomy revealsContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 6 March 2022”

Next Sunday’s Texts – Embracing Pain

October 7th is also World Communion Sunday. How do these texts relate? Job 1:1; 2:1-10  Here is the counterpoint to any popular “prosperity” gospel. Bad things do happen to good people. Here we see the beginning of a morality tale. Let’s not get side-tracked in the detail of ancient storytelling devices (did God really allowContinue reading “Next Sunday’s Texts – Embracing Pain”

Keeping it together through remembering…

When we engage the Lent season introspectively, we can quickly find ourselves confronted with our own inner chaos. The wind howls, the foundations shift and wild things bay at our feet. We wonder how we are going to keep it together for forty days. Psalm 105:1-11 is given to us as today’s text as aContinue reading “Keeping it together through remembering…”

Lenten Voices: Into the wilderness…

Today’s sermonic offering at the Downs Church…. 12And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. The wilderness … at the same time beautiful and dangerous. The wilderness … a place ofContinue reading “Lenten Voices: Into the wilderness…”

When the easiest way isn’t always the best way…

It’s easier to give a hungry man a fish than to teach him to fish. It’s far simpler to superficially impress someone than to engage them by putting in some time and the hard yards. Politically, the quick fix is more successful for one’s grasp of power than the blood, sweat and tears of inspiringContinue reading “When the easiest way isn’t always the best way…”