We Are All Mary

  Luke 1:47-55/Luke 1:26-38 The screen shows a large Vermont fireplace with logs ablaze. As the camera pulls away you see a warm living room with a large Christmas tree and a piano. At the piano, talking to his girl about his hopes and dreams, is Bing himself. With barely … Read More

Tired of Waiting

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11/ John 1:6-8, 19-28 I remember as a kid that December seemed really long. The days just dragged by. Waiting for Christmas was agonizing. Thumbing through the Sears Toy catalog only prolonged the agony. It seemed like Christmas would never get here. This week as I was remembering … Read More

The Gospel According to Handel

Isaiah 40:1-11/Mark 1:1-8 The summer of 1741 found Charles Jennens quite excited. Jennens was a literary and musical man of leisure (which means he didn’t have a job nor did he need one) who was a great admirer of George Frideric Handel. In fact, he had already furnished Handel with … Read More

Gratitude

Deuteronomy 8:6-11/Luke 17:11-19 When it comes to Thanksgiving there are two words that come to my mind: Thanks and food. Now the word ‘thanks’, of course, is in the title so that can’t be ignored. And we’ll get to that word shortly. But, of course, with Thanksgiving is food; lots … Read More

Look Busy – Jesus Is Coming!

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6/Matthew 25:1-13 A movie was released just a few weeks ago starring Nicolas Cage called “Left Behind.” It’s really bad, so bad that it is already out of circulation (What is it with Nicolas Cage and bad movies over the past few years?). You may have heard of … Read More

The Glass-Bottomed Boats of Heaven

Revelation 7:7-19 A few years ago Ricky Gervais, a notable religious skeptic, wrote and starred in a movie, “The Invention of Lying.” It’s set in a world where everyone tells the truth, whether it hurts or not. And, of course, everyone believes everything everyone says because everyone always tells the … Read More