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Monthly Archives: June 2011

All God’s Creatures Genesis 1:1-2:1a; Psalm 8; Luke 15:1-10 Many of you are aware that we held a benefit auction here at the church in February, an event to help us get ready to celebrate our 150th season as a church, which began two weeks ago on Calvary’s 149th birthday.  To help  make the auction a success, many people donated: some talented musicians provided entertainment; some amazingly organized folks pulled all the… Read More

A Holy Mess: The Day of Pentecost Acts 2:1-21 I know I use this quote from Annie Dillard in a sermon at least once a year (just had to say that, since I know John Taylor keeps track), but I just can’t apologize.  The truth is, I should probably quote her more often than I do.  Annie Dillard is the Pulitzer prize-winning author of many books, including Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and… Read More

Becoming Disciples: Live As Witnesses Luke 24:44-53 Now that the weather has gotten warm, a phenomenon that reminds me every year why I love the co-housing community where I live has begun.  I like to refer to it as “college dorm for grown-ups,” but what it really is is just an old fashioned neighborhood kind of vibe.  Everybody hangs out on the balcony; kids run around chasing each other; someone fires up… Read More

Karl Barth is so last century. The question among my contemporaries (okay, one of the questions, along with others like, “Can you wear shorts under your robe if nobody knows?”) is: “Who among us is emerging as a groundbreaking theologian of the 21st Century?” As I have been telling some of you for years, the theological paradigm of the future is somehow related to the work I have done, very committedly, for… Read More

We ended yoga class and Wednesday Night Words discussion on Luke 24 and vocation with this beautiful poem by Mary Oliver, my favorite. Wild Geese  by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good.  You do not have to walk on your knees  for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.  You only have to let the soft animal of your body  love what it loves.  Tell me about despair, yours,… Read More