This class was given as an adult education/confirmation course in the Spring 2017, based on the new book by Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion.
Well I know it was a contentious November and all, but there was a dark horse in this year’s presidential campaign that we all missed. And what a shame! This gentleman really promised to turn things around, in ways no one else was talking about. And I know several of us really liked the idea […]
The Transfiguration is a very weird story. If you don’t understand what’s going on, you are not alone. Frederick Buechner called it, ”as strange a scene as there is in the Gospels.” What mountain are they on? Why does Christ have light coming from his face? What are Moses, Elijah and Jesus talking about? What’s up […]
To read the Frederick Buechner quote on anger, you can do so here. To read about the story featured in the “Know When to Fold ‘Em” episode of This American Life, go here. And to check out Harriet Lerner’s new book, go here.
Most men dread the visit to the doctor for an annual physical. Nobody likes to be poked and prodded and stuck with needles. But more than that, the physical is a judgment on how you are doing. You’ve got to answer questions about your lifestyle,(still looking for the right “balance”) food and drink intake (too […]
I remember vividly the day I first met Marilu. We met for coffee, having been set up by a mutual friend/parishioner to discuss the possibility of a call to Christ Church. I had halfway glanced at the resume she had sent me, and she, I’m sure, had halfway investigated what kind of church Christ Church […]
When I first began the ordination process, Paul and I drove about an hour out of town to meet with a minister who interviewed me about why I was interested in ministry and whether or not I was fit for the task. To be fair, it was helpful in that it foreshadowed and prepared me […]
For the quotes from Ruth Whippman’s new book America the Anxious, click here and here. For the source of the commentary on leisure-saving technology click here. Click here to read the full NY Times Magazine profile of triple amputee palliative care physician B.J. Miller that DZ mentions. To watch a short documentary about Dave’s priest-DJ […]
There is something about Jesus Christ that will always attract people. Even people who don’t recognize Jesus’ divinity find him compelling. Thomas Jefferson spent his old age studying Jesus of Nazareth, creating a Bible that excised the supernatural and emphasized the moral teaching of Jesus. New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof recently interviewed author and […]
Welcome to the year of Matthew! In the liturgical church, we have a three year cycle of gospel readings and this year is Matthew. If you’ve ever looked at the gospel of Matthew, it starts with a very long list of barely pronounceable names that are the genealogy of Jesus—names like Jehoshaphat, Rehoboam, and Zerubbabel. […]
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