In This We Boast: In Christ We Hope

Holy Trinity Sunday, Year C, May 22, 2016
Dear friends, when the world is too much with you, and when everything that makes sense seems to fall apart, remember the triune God who will not disappoint. Choose to enter the holy dance of Trinity. Refuse to to be pulled at odds with God, creation, and one another and be made whole. (Photo: Thomas Hawk, Creative Commons)

In Good Company: Peace, Love, & Hope

Holy Trinity Sunday Lectionary Reflection, May 26, 2013
Instead of trying to use logic and reason to explain the concept of the Trinity, why not celebrate the love of God, the peace of Christ, and the amazing “hope that does not disappoint.” An extra helping of hope may be just what worshipers need to keep walking as disciples in this weary world. (Photo: © Christy Thompson –

Tough Love

Lectionary Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter April 28, 2013 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 It sounds […]

Love Spoken Here

Day of Pentecost Lectionary Reflection, May 27, 2012
What languages are spoken in your community of faith? Most importantly, is the language of love infused in every song, every sermon, every handshake and hug? Is love woven into the fibers of ministry and the mission of all disciples? Is love the last word in all you say and do in the name of Jesus? (Photo by Denise Krebs used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

What’s the Catch?

Lectionary Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 29, 2012
Ask and you’ll receive. Is there a catch? Of course! The whole idea behind this week’s reading from 1 John, and indeed the entire book, is that in the sacrificial love of Christ we see and experience God; in doing so we are compelled to live out that love in word and deed. (Photo by rabanito used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

Living the Gospel of Love

Lectionary Reflection for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost
How can so few words be so difficult to live? It sounds pretty simple on the surface: love God with all you are and have, and love your neighbor just like yourself. The challenges comes in letting go of all that hinders love. (Photo by Coolm36 used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

Love, Limbo, and How Low Must We Go?

2nd Sunday in Lent, Year A, March 20, 2011
This week’s gospel contains perhaps the most “famous” verse in scripture AND its often overlooked counterpart. Just what are the limits of God’s love for the world? How do we measure and define them? Surely such love transcends the limits of limbo and human frailty! (Photo by Gil Megidish used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

The Disciple’s Guide to Lavish Love

Valentine’s Day may be just a memory, but the disciple’s call to lavish love is an everyday reality. What does it mean to practice lavish love? Read on and see what this week’s lectionary texts have to say. (Photo by rococohobo used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

Choosing Life and Loving God

6th SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY, Year A, 2/13/11
Love is in the air, and Americans are about to spend lots of money to celebrate. What about the love of God and neighbor? Will we choose life by loving and serving God? God’s love is a whole lot more satisfying than a box of chocolates! (Photo by internets_dairy used under a Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

Christian Masquerade?

Are You an Undercover Lover?

It’s easy to be a concealed Christian, an undercover lover, loving in ways that are comfortable for you and for me. It’s easy to sing the old hymn “I love to tell the Story” when everyone else knows the story and lukewarm is the temperature of the day. Jesus asks—no commands—more of his disciples.