Fathers’ Day in America

Proper 6B I recently finished a haunting novel, Before We Were Yours, in which Lisa Wingate tells a fictionalized account of the true story of one of this country’s great scandals, the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and its director, Georgia Tann. From the 1920s...

That Tempting Fruit

Proper 5B There is probably not another story in the entire Bible that has been more misinterpreted, misread, and misused than the Genesis story of Adam, Eve, and the serpent that we heard this morning. One frequent misinterpretation of this myth is that all sin is...

Runaway Believers

Proper 4B “Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, ‘I am running away.’ ‘If you run away,’ said his mother, ‘I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.’” So begins The Runaway Bunny, which was once a regular part of the...

Beyond God the Father

Trinity Sunday This week I remembered a conversation I had a while back with someone who called the church, presumably to ask for help. “May I speak to the Father?” the caller asked. “Well, there is no Father here,” I replied. “But there is a priest.” There was a...

Reclaiming Jesus

Pentecost It’s a dangerous moment for Christianity. The followers of Jesus are sequestered in a room. It’s a familiar place to them. They locked themselves away from the world after Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. That locked room was where Jesus found them the evening...

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