John 21:1-19 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin,* Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3Simon Peter said to them, ‘I […]
In the faith that looks through death. This is one of final lines in William Wordsworth’s poems: “Ode to Intimations of Immorality.” It’s a line that I have meditated on and repeated in my head over and over again as I have walked into a crisis, held a hand, received disturbing news, heard of another […]
I’m not sure I fully believe it. Call me a cynic, but I’m not sure I fully believe Luke when he describes the early church. It’s not that I don’t believe that they broke bread or sang songs or grew in number, it’s just I think our memories are biased, and I think Luke’s memory […]
The small country church.
My robe still has the old, musty smell of the church lingering in its fabric. Yesterday I officiated at a memorial service for a parishioner’s father. He lived in a tiny town in rural Iowa. A place no one could ever find on a map. I drove out, out, out in the country and came […]