Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Bit of Haiku of Sunday’s Scripture

2 Samuel 1:1,17-27 The heart is heavy Deep love for friend and enemy The Song of the Bow ——————————————– Psalm 130 The way I’m praying It’s more than a morning watch Here in the depths ——————————————– Lamentations 3:22-33 A piece of the Lord Fruit of sitting in silence Unceasing God love ——————————————– 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 […]

Overview of Scripture for this Sunday’s Worship

The lectionary texts for this Sunday are all gold mines of inspiration and challenge. The Old Testament text, 2 Samuel 1:1,16-17, is the song David writes to lament the death of Saul and Jonathan.  David was many things in life, but what stand out the most here is his gift with words.  He wrote from […]

“Being the Beloved” sermon clip by Henri Nouwen

I ran across the following video of Henri Nouwen’s ever-popular and oft quoted sermon, “Being the Beloved.”    

Happy Anniversary, Jinny!

18? I guess that makes us adults in marriage years.  What an incredible 18 years they have been to the beautiful bride who continues to be my passion, inspiration, fascination, extroversion, and devotion.  I look forward to the next 18! Jinny gave me the card on the left this morning at breakfast.  I found a […]

“Why is Jesus Asleep in My Storm?” sermon from Sunday

“Why is Jesus Asleep in My Storm?”  Mark 4:35-41 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Sunday, June 24, 2012   John Henson iTunes audio is here. Seeing that Jesus is in your boat, discovering that he isn’t worried about what you are worried about, and trusting that he is lord of the storm.

The Calming Slumber of Jesus in Our Storms

I am at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly, in Ft. Worth, this week.  I’ll be lucky to get much of a sermon together for Sunday, much less post much about the lectionary texts this week.  Instead of posting about each one, I am just writing a few thoughts about the Gospel text–the one I’ll […]

“Fathers and Mustard Seeds: The Power of Influence”

“Fathers and Mustard Seeds: The Power of Influence”    Mark 4:26-36 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Sunday, June 17, 2012    Pentecost 3B iTunes Pocast of Sermon here

Haiku of Scripture for Sunday

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 Grieving in Ramah Call of God and horn of oil Who has a good heart? ————————————- Psalm 20 Chariots and horses Glittering yet not real gold Hear us when we call ————————————- 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 Wallenda walker Death below, darkness ahead Something new is made ————————————- Mark 4:26-34 Jesus teaching ag Wow. […]

Inside Out: Thoughts on the 2 Corinthian Text for this Sunday

2 Corinthians 5:6-17 This text is a continuation of last week, picking up from an awkward break in the lectionary. Verses 2-10 of chapter 5 fit with Paul’s train of thought about inward renewal in the midst of afflictions. Verses 14-17 are the denouement of inward renewal, a most familiar set of verses and inspiration […]

An Invitation to Trust the Right Hand of God–Psalm 20 for Proper 6B

Psalm 20 This psalm developed as the result of David’s many experiences with the strength and faithfulness of God’s right hand. It is a beautiful prayer of reflection on God’s reliability, trustworthiness, and power. David had learned to put his trust in “the name of the Lord our God” in the midst of difficult times […]