Emmaus Encounters

I’ve been struck by the question of how the disciples failed to recognize the Christ until after the disappearance. I’ve been turning this over in my mind all week. The result is the following poem: Their feet were not quick that day their hearts were heavy with grief and anger they carried an immeasurable unbelievable … Read More

Temptation, Again

Lent has begun and we’re all left wondering where those “extra” weeks of Epiphany went to (Epiphany was 4 weeks longer this year than last year). Since my wife and I moved from an apartment to a house last week, I’m feeling the appropriate sense of journeying through the chaotic, wild, untamed places as we … Read More

What are You Looking For?

This question Jesus asked those first two who followed him –  “What are you looking for?” – haunts me. I can’t escape from it. Those two followers neatly avoided answering it. I don’t thing they were all that concerned with where Jesus was staying so much as they wanted to stay with him a bit … Read More

May I Have This Dance?

I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.   John 17:23 Perichoresis Something within me denies my arrhythmic feet.      A voice challenges:           DANCE! Follow the steps of falling snow,      the … Read More

Human Ways

I’ve been contemplating these texts for a while. If you are looking for sermon help, check out what I wrote here. The more I think about the events of the last couple of weeks along with the readings for this week, the more I am convinced that God is waiting for us. God waits for … Read More

A Bit of Poetry

I’m on vacation this week so I am sharing a poem based on the Song of Solomon reading from my book, Barefoot Theology. Marriage we held hands, my beloved and I made promises to care for one another to share laughter and tears forgiveness and grace strengths and weaknesses to bring all of ourselves to this … Read More

A Holy Way

This poem is based on the Isaiah text and is on pg. 81 of my book, A Circle in the Dark: Daily Meditations for Advent, Wipf & Stock, 2011. A Holy Way When will we be still and listen? We busy ourselves with so little that matters, sowing more discord than peace. You make no distinction among … Read More

Opening Prayer

This week has been very hectic so I am sharing a poem from my book, Negotiating the Shadows: Daily Meditations for Lent. Eugene, OR: WIPF and Stock, 2010, pg. 17-18. This week’s Gospel reading is of Mary anointing Jesus. This poem reflects primarily on the Mark and Luke version of the story but is relevant this week. Opening … Read More