December 18, 2017

Archives for October 2016

Sermon: And he was a Samaritan

Sermon: Luke 17:11-19, “And he was a Samaritan” On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show […]

Music Monday: October 10, 2016

Music Monday: Music from the North Country Last year, in a Saturday Ramblings post, I listed five of my favorite “autumnal” music albums, and one of them was by a family group from Nova Scotia named The Rankin Family, called North Country. The Rankins as a musical group were born out of the practice of […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: October 9, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Immortal Autumn I speak this poem now with grave and level voice In praise of autumn, of the far-horn-winding fall. I praise the flower-barren fields, the clouds, the tall Unanswering branches where the wind makes sullen noise. I praise the fall: it is the human season. […]

Saturday Ramblings: October 8, 2016

INTERNET MONK RAMBLER OF THE WEEK This week we’re inaugurating a new way to open Saturday Ramblings. Each Saturday we will give honor to a Rambler of the Week, someone who shows us what it means to live the journey of life fully. The only qualifications will be that the person honored will exhibit interesting and […]

Another Look: Profoundly Human

In the story of the Pharisee and the publican (Luke 18:9-14), we hear a story from Jesus’ lips about how the trappings of religion can keep us far from God. Oddly, the benefits of the religious life that enhance our thoughts, words, and actions, that re-order our relationships and priorities and bring us new purpose […]

Letter to Jesus 1: Friend of Sinners

Dear Jesus, I’ve been thinking about what it means that they called you “friend of sinners.” I know it wasn’t a title you gave yourself, it was a slur from the religious folks, who taught that the righteous should separate themselves from the wicked in order to stay pure and upright before God. You didn’t play […]

Another Look: Seasons and Paths of Formation

Note from CM: I’m starting a class tonight at our local United Methodist church, based upon my book, Walking Home Together. The first lesson will be about the various seasons of our lives and what characterizes them. I thought of this post as I was preparing. ❦ Little children, I’m writing to you because your […]

Limping to the Pulpit

This coming Sunday, I will be preaching in the congregation where I last served as a pastor. They are in good hands now, under the ministry of Pastor Dan, and I enjoy going back now and then to see folks. I love the people there, and it is always hard to find time to see everyone […]

Music Monday: October 3, 2016

Music Monday: Piano Music for Autumn One of my favorite recordings was an old vinyl LP I had by Irish pianist John O’Conor, entitled Autumn Songs. It is, unfortunately, difficult to find these days, though if you follow the Amazon link, you might be able to procure a used copy. As I was thinking about […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: October 2, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) From A Harvest Is the day wearing toward the west? — Far off cool shadows pass, A visible refreshment Across the sultry grass; Far off low mists are mustering, A broken shifting mass. Still in the deepest knowledge Some depth is left unknown; Still in the merriest music lurks A […]