A Cathedral in Your Heart

David Brown

  1 Kings 8:14-18/John 14:1-4 To many of you, these words from John’s gospel are quite familiar. You might remember the King James word for these “many dwelling places” – “mansions.” You might even recall that old gospel song: I’ve got a mansion just over the hill top in that … Read More

Setting the Stage

Mark 1:4-11 At the beginning of William Shakespeare’s play, King Henry V, a lone actor stands on an empty stage. O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Thus … Read More

Did That Really Happen, Part 2

Isaiah 60:1-6/Matthew 2:1-12 One of my mantras is: “I take the bible seriously, but I don’t take it literally.” Which creates a bit of a dilemma because a prevailing sentiment in American Christianity is that if you don’t believe that everything written in the bible actually happened as it says … Read More

Why This Jubilee? Christmas Eve Meditation

The music of Christmas is truly wonderful, isn’t it? It’s so, well – joyful. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come,” we sing. The message of Christmas seems to inspire composers to bring out their best, uplifting musical stuff. There is a delightful, joyous lilt to the music of … Read More

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