Let’s Face It: Heroes Die!

~ John 11:1-45 ~ Are you a hero? You might not think so. After all, heroes are courageous and fearless and invincible. Heroes save the day. Heroes defy death. Heroes battle evil on our behalf. The movie company, Marvel has made a whole industry on these kinds of heroes. Or … Read More

Just Who’s in Need of Seeing Here?

~ John 9:1-41 ~ As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in … Read More

“Tortured Logic: Us vs. Them”

~ John 3:14-21/Psalm 121 ~ The Gospel of John is an enigma. It contains some of the best known stories in all the bible, such as the wedding at Cana, the woman at the well and the healing of the blind man. And some very well known phrases, such as … Read More

“What Went Wrong?”

~ Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 ~ As a child growing up in church, hearing the creation stories, I pretty much heard them as true stories. You might say, as Marcus Borg puts it, I heard them in my “precritical naïveté” stage of life. I had no reason to believe that the … Read More

“Ashes to Hope”

Ash Wednesday Meditation Joel 2:1-2, 12-17/ Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 I remember as a child on a certain day in February seeing people about town with black smudge marks on their foreheads. When I dared looked closer I saw that these black smudge marks were in the shape of a cross. … Read More

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”

Matthew 6:24-34 A very familiar phrase found in what is traditionally called “The Lord’s Prayer” is “give us this day our daily bread.” Here at Noe Valley Ministry we refer to it as the “Prayer of Jesus.” In the version we’ve been reciting recently, a translation by the Quaker writer, … Read More