Wanderlust and The Moods of Future Joys

*This reflection first appeared in the September issue of St. Paul’s Good News newsletter. Lately I’ve been suffering from a bout of wanderlust. I’m not sure whether you’ve ever experienced this sensation before, but it’s a great word that accurately describes an irresistible desire to break free of routine, and go explore. Perhaps it’s the […]

Eugene: A Pilgrimage to a Running Mecca

To make a long story short, I did not run a Boston qualifying time at the 2017 Eugene Marathon. I finished in 3:20:12. But this post is not just about a finishing time. It is about the process, the journey, and a pilgrimage to a running Mecca. For those not familiar with my story, I have […]

Lessons on the Road to Emmaus: A Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter

“What a radical message. In a time when we are told it is best to tend to our own and not trust those who are different from us, what a remarkable thing to invite the stranger to stay. The word here for “stranger” is the very same word used for sojourner, alien, or dare we say “immigrant.”

In a time when safety and security trump the biblical mandate to care for the orphan and the widow, the stranger and sojourner in our land, what a subversive act to break bread with one who has been told “You don’t belong here. Go back from where you came.”

Make no mistake: Jesus, in this resurrection story, is a stranger. The undocumented, the unnoticed. Resurrection is realized in the midst of such radical hospitality. “

A Good Friday Reflection

I’ve come to realize that every parent, at some time or another, is forced into the practice of being a theologian. At least, that is, if you’re at all listening to your kid (or the many children surrounding us in this parish). Just ask those who volunteer with the children’s ministries of Godly Play or […]