Do the Charleston.

downloadEach time another atrocity is committed in America, society as a whole, wants to know why. Why Sandy Hook?  Why Charleston? Why Columbine?

The hunt for the elusive “why” becomes almost epic, perhaps even Homeric.  The hunt for the “why” actually becomes a quixotic quest, with the tip of our finger pointed Cervantes like at those windmills failure. We need the “why” to locate the failure, because when failure is found, blame can be assigned. Continue reading Do the Charleston.

Failures

failureI’ve often thought that a more accurate measure of an organization is not how many successes that they have, but rather how they deal with failures. Nowhere is this truer than in the church, and nowhere is failure as fatally extreme as when it has to do with sexual transgressions. Aside from anemic absolutions and “forced” resignations, despite our Seelsorger ball hats, as an organization, we simply have no use for failure(s). Continue reading Failures

Trinity 2 2015

wisdom_and_folly_by_bstrgncragus-d327a3i I know why the three men in the today’s Gospel turned down the invitation, they weren’t really busy, they just had a better offer; the chance to go to a different banquet that promised to be more fun, a bit more indulgent, a bit less preachy. A banquet that was the contemporary equivalent of the famed “Get Way” to Vegas, and we all know that what happens in Vegas…stays in Vegas![ The following sources were used in this sermon: “The Banquet of Wisdom–An Exegetical Study of Proverbs 9.1-12,” by John Kleinig; “’White Trash’ Wisdom: Proverbs 9 Deconstructed,” by Mark Sneed; “The Interpretation of Old Testament Wisdom Literature,” by Roland E. Murphy, O. Carm.; “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Prov. 9.1)–A Mistranslation,” by Jonas C. Greenfield; “Gegory’s Sophia: ‘Christ the Wisdom of God,’” by Wendy E. Helleman; “Wisdom and the Spirit: The Loss and Re-making of a Relationship,” by Paul S. Fiddes; and “Wisdom, the ‘Amen’ of the Torah,” by C. Hassell Bullock. ] Continue reading Trinity 2 2015

Trinity 1 2015

Joseph had many; both Jacob and the Prodigal Son had one.
I have six.
My two daughters have one.
The rich man in today’s reading had five brothers and given the conversation he  had with Abraham, the five that are living-the five he so desperately wants Lazarus to be allowed to visit, almost as a sort of Ghost of Christmas Future, appear to have his very same attitude toward the Lazarus’ of the world, an attitude which landed this rich man in Hades. Continue reading Trinity 1 2015

Trinity (Take 2) 2015

Help My Unbelief[1]

Trinity 2015

John 3.1-15

 

21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he [the demon] has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”[2] Continue reading Trinity (Take 2) 2015