“Feasting and Fasting”

~ Isaiah 58:2-8, 12/Luke 5:33-35 ~ Mardi Gras! Fat Tuesday! It’s all about the food. Eat and eat some more. Feast today because tomorrow, the first day of Lent, we begin the fast – or at least that’s what were supposed to do, right?  Feasting and fasting. The Ying and … Read More

“Plain Speaking”

~ Luke 6:17-26/Psalm 1 ~ One of the attractive characteristics of the psalms is the rich metaphorical language. We’ve just encountered some beautiful metaphors in Psalm 1, with word and song. Blessed or happy are those who pay attention to God’s will. Those people will prosper like trees whose roots … Read More

“Tough Call”

~ Isaiah 6:1-13/Luke 5:1-11 ~ The Bible – misunderstood, misapplied, and abused more than any other book in the history of the world. A word, a phrase, a verse can be pulled completely out of context to justify almost anything. As someone has said: “I can do all things through … Read More

“Dance, Then”

~ Luke 4:21-30 ~ One of the most unusual churches in the world is right here in San Francisco – St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church. Along with an unusual layout and a plethora of Coptic Orthodox banners and art, it features the dancing saints’ icons. In a large circle … Read More

“How Audacious!”

~ Luke 4:14-21 ~ As you may have noticed over time, Dawn is not one to shy away from adding her own commentary whether as the liturgist or, as today, the scripture reader. Not that I never silently cringe just a bit when she does, but can you imagine how … Read More

“Why Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspires Me”

Presentation given by Rev. David Brown as part of the Odd Mondays Series at Folio Books on January 21, 2019 Spring, 1968. My first year of bible school in Chicago. From a small town in Colorado, I was just beginning to grasp the complexity and diversity of the city. Unlike … Read More