The Hamster Wheel

“After a dozen years in parish ministry, I can tell you I am not interested in adding to the cultural noise…”

I initiated this blog with these words five full years ago. Today, after 17 years of parish ministry, they have never ringed truer for me.

This past Sunday (March 3, 2013), my first back from a reflective “stay-cation,” I preached a fairly long sermon titled “Maintain I Contact” which has garnered more response than any in recent memory. In the sermon, I spoke of noise, the incessant commercially and politically motivated promotion of anxiety, and an antidote to our  “hamster wheel” existence. Continue reading “The Hamster Wheel”

Guns, Sex, Religion, 4th & Goal, Healthcare Reform

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. 
But I have calmed and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother;
my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.

O Israel, hope in the Lord, 
from this time on and for evermore. – Psalm 131

Jumping into political discourse these days is a lot like painting the eaves of your house. You think you’ve got it all under control (if I can re-e-e-e-each out just a little bit mo-o-o-o-re), when suddenly you realize you are contorting yourself and over-extending beyond your center of gravity, reaching out into thin air high above the ground and far beyond what’s safe and reasonable. Continue reading “Guns, Sex, Religion, 4th & Goal, Healthcare Reform”

Weed Theology

Photo of Alice and Lola

Meet Alice and Lola, who are here to explain in great depth and all seriousness my theology and ministerial philosophy as pastor of the altogether splendid West Bloomfield (N.Y.) United Church of Christ.

Guinea pigs are sweet, unassuming critters who have a preposterous way of showing delight: they popcorn. When they are really happy, they will repeatedly, spontaneously hop and turn. Watching a guinea pig popcorn is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Continue reading “Weed Theology”

Mrs. Jesus H. Christ

Image of ancient text

Perhaps you’ve seen the recent reports regarding Harvard University Christian history professor Dr. Karen King, and her unveiling of a tiny piece of 4th century Coptic papyrus which quotes Jesus speaking of his wife.

Now these sorts of things pop up from time to time, and who knows if what they document is actual fact, or even precisely what the term “wife” may have meant for a first or fourth century itinerant rabbi. Still, I find it intriguing to consider the possibility of a Mrs. Jesus, not just for the Dan Brown-eque messianic bloodline, but for the woman herself, and for Jesus’ sake. Continue reading “Mrs. Jesus H. Christ”