It’s the Sunday after Easter, which means we’re remembering an Orthodox tradition that’s been celebrated for centuries. During the first week of Easter these Christians remembered the trick that Jesus played on the devil, tricking death on Easter morning. These Christians would play practical jokes and laugh and tell funny stories in memory of the … Continue reading Thomas


Strange fruit and the banality of evil John 18 The philosopher Hannah Arnedt wrote an incredible book about her observation of the trial of Adolph Eichman, the Nazi who organized the transportation to the death camps in Germany during the Holocaust. When Eichman was finally put on trial after World War II Arnedt made this horrifying discovery. Eichman was a civil … Continue reading Strange fruit and the banality of evil

Two Blessings

Genesis 27 10/24/17 The stories of the covenant of God being passed through the generations in Genesis are raw and real. There are no idealistic, picturesque heroes here. There are no moral stories embedded in the text, no Seven Habits of Highly Effective People or models for good works. Today’s story of the patriarch Jacob … Continue reading Two Blessings

Created for need

Genesis 1-2 Who is in charge of this mess? I've been wondering that. It’s been a difficult and painful year for our planet. A few months ago, the United States pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. We’re already seeing the effects of a coming climate disaster as oceans warm and intensify storms to catastrophic … Continue reading Created for need

What is worship for?

Romans 12:1-8 Raleigh Mennonite Church One of the preaching practices I inherited from the great homiletics professor, Chuck Campbell, is called dislocated exegesis. Dr Campbell suggests preachers spend an hour reading the in a place where you don’t usually read the Bible. So earlier this week I found myself reading Romans in a Food Lion … Continue reading What is worship for?