Something Money Cannot Buy

The Pharisees seek out Jesus because they are frustrated.  They want to catch Jesus on the horns of their dilemma. Jesus is unraveling their world; all of their allegiances and assumptions.  And so they go to trap Jesus with an inscrutable riddle, and with flattery. “And so the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus… Continue reading Something Money Cannot Buy

All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go

A few years ago a consumer research firm did a study about gift cards.  Gift cards for coffee, books, music, clothes, food, etc.  It represented about one billion dollars in unredeemed gifts.  You know, grab one at the check-out, for Target, Best Buy, Home Depot, etc.           Here is what they found in the study… Continue reading All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go

Virtue Is Its Own Reward

The story is told of a politician, a poet, and a farmer who discovered a bottle with a genie inside. One of them rubbed the bottle and freed the genie, who generously offered to grant one wish to each of the three.           The politician went first, and wished that he would be granted a… Continue reading Virtue Is Its Own Reward

Frailty Along The Way

When I was the young rector of my first parish in the Mississippi Delta, I used to play ping-pong some afternoons with the older and wiser Presbyterian minister in the town.  It seems that I was pre-destined to win a few of those games.  And while we would slap the ball back and forth this… Continue reading Frailty Along The Way