Talk with the Preacher

Monthly Archives: September 2010

I was talking with a friend the other day about the strangeness of new experiences.  I’ve noticed lately this unfamiliar sensation of newness in much of my life and, instead of running screaming in the other direction, I was explaining to him that I am beginning to recognize this strange feeling as a good thing. “I don’t know . . . I guess I am beginning to look for that vague discomfort—it… Read More

Last week I noticed one day that I was feeling really anxious.  I’m pretty sure I wasn’t having an anxiety attack, at least as I have heard them described.  But I can report that I felt inexplicably, well, I guess you could say, nervous.  I first noticed this anxiety when I had a few quiet moments to pull out a library book I was just about finished reading.  I noticed: I couldn’t… Read More

Conversations With Jesus: The Daughters of Jerusalem Luke 23: 26 – 31 I’ve tried and tried to imagine this week what it must have felt like to be among the “daughters of Jerusalem” as Jesus calls them in today’s Gospel passage from the Gospel of Luke.  There they found themselves that day, crushed in among the crowd of folks who lined the road and followed along behind Jesus up the hill toward… Read More

I had the strangest dream. It was a conversation, but I don’t really know with whom, exactly. Whoever he was, he said he wanted to ask me a question.  He said that it might be a hard or uncomfortable question, but that he really wanted to know if I trusted him enough to go there with him. “What’s the thing in your life about which you are most ashamed?  What are the… Read More

She made me call a meeting. I wasn’t sure.  It’s not exactly PC to admit you have a whole bunch of clamoring voices in your head, much less to call them all to a meeting.  (Um, isn’t there a medical diagnosis for that?) She insisted.  She said to imagine a big table, room for all the voices, with me at the end of the table, chairing the meeting.  It would be like… Read More

I have been known to write from time to time about my yoga class on this blog. I would say my yoga “practice” but that seems a little bit pretentious, not to mention vaguely dishonest in my case.  Nevertheless, it is true that in shocking contrast to my normal stance on organized exercise classes, I have been known to attend a local Tuesday night yoga class.  It’s funny, I find sometimes that… Read More

Conversations With Jesus: The Ten Lepers Luke 17:11-19  I used to think the Gospel of Mark was my favorite of the four Gospels, but I have to say that for me, these past two weeks Luke has been giving Mark a run for his money.  There’s so much going on in Luke—so many interesting literary techniques, such great plot development, so many characters that just stick with you.  Lucky for us, we’re… Read More