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

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


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