“Doing the Next Thing”

May 5, 2019 | John 21:1-19

This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.  And Jesus finds them fishing.  I have to confess, my first response to the fact that after experiencing Jesus alive twice, the disciples have gone fishing, is to say, “what’s up with that?  Really guys?  That’s […]

“In Defense of Scandalous Love”

April 7, 2019 | John 12:1-11

This is not the first time that Mary has been criticized for her behavior.  Not too long ago, at another dinner party in her house, it was her sister Martha who came after her because, while Martha was busy setting the table and cooking the meal, Mary had left her apron in a heap on […]

“Wasted on the Wasted”

January 27, 2019 | John 2:1-11

Mary is one of those mothers who is tuned in to everything that is going on.  She’s watching the buffet table to make sure the stewed lamb and pita bread don’t run out.  Making sure everybody has a place to sit, a napkin and silverware.  Talking to the people who are hanging around the edges […]


May 27, 2018 | John 3:1-17

“The mind that is not baffled is not employed.”  I found this quote from Wendell Berry while searching the web for one of his poems.  I printed it out and stuck it to my desk because I have been feeling baffled.  Perplexed.  Puzzled.  And I do not like it.  For whatever reason, I always feel […]