January 12, 2020

First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

Year A, RCL
Acts 10:34-43

Matthew 3:13-17

It takes merely ten verses from the book of Acts to summarize the entire Gospel. Everything you need to know for your salvation is laid out here starting with baptism. The b...

John 2:13-22

On its face, there is little wrong with what the people were doing in the Temple courtyard. People came to the temple from countries all over the known world. It is unreasonable to travel long distances with livestock because you would need food for these a...

February 18, 2018

First Sunday in Lent, Year B, RCL
1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15

We all know the wilderness. Even if we haven’t spent time in it, we know of its dangers. Animals that bring us fear, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, rattlesnakes, bear, and so on. Now we tend to go to th...

January 7, 2018

The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

Genesis 1:1-5, , Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11, Psalm 29

God creates separation. God separates dark from light; calling them night and day. In day two, God uses a dome to separate the waters beyond the sky...

December 10, 2017

Second Sunday of Advent, Year B RCL
Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

I arrive at the water’s edge after a day’s walk. In this harsh environment of dusty dirt and rock, I see a crowd of people. They are listening to a man preaching wildly in his wilderness...

The Easter Vigil

Matthew 28:1-10


There is a feeling or maybe it’s a saying that applies to couples; often couples in new love. I can’t live with or without you. This internal conflict seems to hold the person’s desires in tension. On one side, this person mak...

January 8, 2017

First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

Year A

Matthew 3:13-17

Today we have reason to celebrate; we have a baptism. Not the baptism of a baby; it is the baptism of Christ. The baptism we celebrate is not new, but any baptism is a reason to celebrate. Joh...

January 1, 2017

The Feast of the Holy Name, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 2:15-21

Names have meaning. Many of us know this to be true to some extent. When we think of our name, I’d imagine many of us know why we received our name. It could be that we are named after a relative or a person o...

December 4, 2016

Second Sunday of Advent, Year A, Matthew 3:1-12

John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness. That is a wild or uncultivated place. We live in a wilderness, so to speak; maybe not the wilds of south Texas, but in a place where faith is wild and uncultivated. I say this b...

Proper 10, Year C, Track 1
Luke 10:25-37:


This parable that Jesus tells us almost sounds like a bad joke in which there is a priest, a lawyer, and a Levite. But this parable is no joke. Our religion requires different things of us. Some requirements like faith are int...