Today’s reading from Genesis is one that I really like. I really like it for two reasons: First, because of what comes before it—the overall story that it’s a part of. Abraham and Sarah received a promise from God that they would receive a child, despite being well beyond child bearing years. And they lost […]
Most people have heard Woody Allen’s famous quip about the best way to make God laugh: just tell Him your plans. But in today’s reading from Genesis we have the reverse situation happening. God tells Sarah His plans, and Sarah laughs. But Sarah’s laugh isn’t a good-natured, happy laugh; it’s a bitter, mocking, sarcastic laugh. […]
To listen to the Robert Davis story, click here. Just in time for summer I’ve started reading a book by Dan White called Under the Stars: How America Fell In Love with Camping. Maybe this says something about me before I say anything at all: that I am the type of person to read a […]
We had a birthday party at our house yesterday for our 3 year-old granddaughter, Annie. It was a Paw Patrol party—which means it was about a pack of dogs. At 10am, when the guests were arriving, it was total bedlam. The ‘some assembly required’ doghouse had no directions, the hotdogs were gone, our two real […]
Have you ever been present to hear someone’s last words? Or have you ever wondered what your last words might be? We fixate on these last words hoping that they will be something soft and gentle and loving. Or perhaps something funny or clever—something that will sum up our life and personality, something memorable and […]
Christie and I recently had dinner with dear friends from England who were visiting the States. We’ve known them for 30 year and shared much of our lives together. Yet, during a discussion at dinner I found myself defending my point of view about a certain subject, with a mixture of anger, arrogance and downright […]
The month of May is the month of commencement speeches. Over the next few weeks, thousands of commencement addresses will be spoken at college and high school graduations all over the country. To most people, commencement just means, “boring,” but these speeches try to mark the “beginning” of life after school. People call this, “life […]
Here’s the Andre Dubus quote referenced. Here’s the Mischa Willett poem. Here’s the George Saunders piece from the New Yorker. Here’s the Anne Lamott quote.
This was preached by the Bishop Susan Goff in Christ Church Charlottesville, on Confirmation Sunday 2017.
How many of you remember the movie Toy Story from 1995- with Slinky Dog, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, and Woody? You remember the story– “Led by Sheriff Woody, Andy’s toys live happily in his room until Andy’s birthday brings Buzz Lightyear onto the scene.” Buzz Lightyear was brave, courageous, always followed the rules, and went […]
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