January 20, 2017

Sermon: Advent III – A season for doubters

Sermon: Advent III A season for doubters When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” 4Jesus answered … [Continue reading...]

Advent Pic & Post III

ADVENT III Two Bach cantatas are associated with the third Sunday in Advent. Both are "lost" cantatas. The first is BWV 186a, "Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht" (Fret not, O soul), a later version of which is played on the … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: December 10, 2016

RAMBLER OF THE WEEK This week's Rambler of the Week is a no-brainer, as far as I'm concerned. This week we witnessed the passing of one of the greatest heroes of my generation: John Glenn. It is hard to express what it was … [Continue reading...]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: December 9, 2016

Note from CM: At the end of this week when I have been involved in a training for bereavement caregivers, I thought this eloquent statement of faith by Michael Spencer, "In the End, God Knows Us," appropriate for our … [Continue reading...]

Mike the Geologist: On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (6)

Previous posts in the series: On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (1) On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (2) On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (3) On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (4) On the Grand Canyon and the … [Continue reading...]

People need friends, not fixers

My job is not to fix you. Nor you me. Nor is it our collective calling to fix one another. To be "our brother's keeper" does not mean that we are responsible to do for our brother what he can only do for himself by God's … [Continue reading...]

Dispatches from the Wilderness of Grief

Dispatches from the Wilderness of Grief Scottsdale, Arizona. Dec. 5, 2016 This week I am in Scottsdale, AZ attending a training given through The Center for Loss and Life Transition and presented by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Dr. … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: Advent II – Sinai’s Last Thunder

Sermon: Advent I Sinai’s Last Thunder In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he … [Continue reading...]

Advent Pic and Cantata of the Week II

ADVENT II Bach Cantata 70, "Watch! Pray!" BWV 70 is an expansion of a cantata Bach wrote seven years earlier in Weimar. The music for this earlier work has been almost entirely lost. It was one of a group of three cantatas (BWV … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: December 3, 2016

RAMBLER OF THE WEEK As far as we know, there is only one person left in this world who was born in the 19th century. On Tuesday, Emma Morano celebrated her 117th birthday. I think that's worthy of our Rambler of the Week honor, … [Continue reading...]