“The Justice Shepherd”

~ Mark 6:30-34, 53-56/ Jeremiah 23:1-6 ~ Who knew that sheep could be weaponized? Oh, I’m not talking about marauding armed gangs of rogue sheep terrorizing the hinterland. I’m talking about the ‘culture wars’ for which just about anything can be used as a weapon. Mocking, disparaging, supposedly insulting terms … Read More

“Talk About Being Cancelled!”

Photo – John the Baptist Rebuking Herod ~ Mark 6:14-29 ~ The Legion of Honor in San Francisco has one of largest collections of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside of Paris. One of the sculptures on display there is of John the Baptist that is a bit off-putting – his head … Read More

“This Land Is My Land”

~ 2 Samuel 5:1-10/Psalm 48 ~ It’s one of those earworm songs – once you hear it you can’t get it out of your head. This land is your land, this land is my land From California to the New York island From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream … Read More

“Euphemisms”

~ 2 Samuel 1:17-27 ~ June 25, 1978 – Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco. Newly elected San Francisco supervisor, Harvey Milk, had urged his activist friend, Gilbert Baker, an openly gay former military officer turned artist, to create a new, more hopeful, symbol for the gay community to be … Read More

“At Our Wits’ End”

Photo: Christ in the Storm of the Sea of Galilee – Rembrandt, 1633 Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32/Mark 4:35-41 The psalmist paints a wonderfully dramatic picture. Those who do business on the sea – sailors and merchants and even pirates – know the power of the sea, especially when they find themselves in … Read More

“Certainly, Not the Presbyterian Way!”

Photo: Anointing of David by Saul (Barrias) ~ 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 ~ Leonard Bernstein’s enigmatic musical theatre work, Mass, from the 70’s, begins with this song, A Simple Song, sung by the celebrant. Everyone in harmony and agreement. In the free spirit of harmony and togetherness, “make it up as you … Read More