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July 19, 2020

Leave the weeds

Leave the weeds

Every morning, I get out of bed. I brush my teeth. I shave. I adorn myself with clothes. After eating some breakfast, I pour myself a good cup of coffee in a good mug and sit down to read the news, the news that was posted while I was sleeping. In my original plans for […]

July 12, 2020

Yield

Yield

You know what I love about Berkey’s community garden project? It’s simplicity. Think about it: All we’re doing is making space out back, offering our soil, giving our dirt, for people to grow some vegetables. That’s it. And the thing is, we can’t really pat ourselves on the back about that, at least not too […]

July 5, 2020

Fake News

Fake News

The Lectionary text this week comes from Matthew, often referred to as the “teacher’s gospel.” This passage in particular is one that highlights the blessing that is the teaching of Jesus. To be honest, this scripture goes everywhere. At first, we find Jesus followers, and Jesus in particular, to be under harsh scrutiny. Then, we […]

June 28, 2020

Within

Within

One day a long time ago, my phone rang. The man on the other end of the call fumbled around for a bit and then finally said, “I want to talk to you sometime soon. Would you be willing to meet me?” I knew this young man fairly well, but I had no idea what […]

June 21, 2020

The God Who Sees

The God Who Sees

“The man we think of, the man we admire, the man we talk about, the man whose wonderful story we read and re-read, is Christopher Columbus, the greatest human benefactor of the human race.” Those are the words of Rossiter Johnson. He published a book in 1897 about the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. That […]

June 14, 2020

Chasing the Harvest

Chasing the Harvest

Marisol is a farm worker and single mother from Mexico. She came to the United States to work in the seasonal fruit harvests She is vice-president of the local chapter of Lideres Campesinas, a farmworker women’s leadership and outreach group. In her own words:      Working in the fields I earn $300 weekly before taxes. […]

June 7, 2020

We Can’t Breathe

We Can’t Breathe

We can’t breathe. I realize the strangeness of me saying that. In our current context, many of us are free from the worry of having someone’s knee crushing our neck, of being shot in our own home, or having the police called on us for something as simple as birdwatching. In that sense, many of […]

May 31, 2020

Looking for the Spirit of Life

Looking for the Spirit of Life

A common phrase lots of people have been using the last few months is “go back to normal.” You’ll hear it in sentences like, “When we go back to normal, I want to take a cruise in the Caribbean,” or “I’m so ready for everything to go back to normal, like it was before the […]

May 24, 2020

Up . . . and away

Up . . . and away

The very first verses of Acts tell us that after Jesus was crucified and died, he appeared to the disciples over a period of forty days. He spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, the writer of Acts tells us, disciples not to leave Jerusalem until they were baptized with the Holy Spirit.

May 17, 2020

Jesus, in particular

Jesus, in particular

My scripture comes from Acts chapter 17, verses 21 through 34. Before I read it, though, I want to give you a little context on what’s been happening, So, “Previously, in Acts . . , “ Paul, Silas, and Timothy, have been on the road traveling through what is now modern-day Turkey and Greece. When […]

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