A Death Allowed

The following poem is based on today’s gospel (John 4:43-54), and is a follow-up to yesterday’s post as well as a blade to till the soil for this coming Sunday’s sermon. A second wonder in Cana. A second word to give one pause. “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe.” Miracles…Read more »


Today’s gospel reading contains the story of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Jesus’ initial response to his mother’s low-on-wine alert got me thinking… “Woman, why are you saying this to me? My time has not yet come.” Distance from family. (“Woman.” That’s no way for a son to address his…Read more »

Getting Back to Our First Love

“You have forsaken your first love.” This is the Lord’s surprising indictment against the Ephesian church in one of yesterday’s lectionary readings (Revelation 2:1-7) First Jesus lists a number of things the things church is doing well. The church in Ephesus is working hard and with perseverance. It doesn’t put up with wicked people, those…Read more »