Month: August 2013


The stewardship of what goes into me


  Last night I had friends over for dinner.  I had prepared a five course Thai dinner including dim sum, beef satay in lettuce wrap, a soup course  (which I forgot to serve!) an green curry with sticky rice and a combination of roasted almond chocolate and candied ginger chocolate....

the stewardship of our thoughts


During "the monastery years" as I have come to call them, we used to joke among the brothers about the steel mullions on the windows of our cell. The monks cells looked out onto the Charles River near Harvard Square in Cambridge Massachusetts.  The monastery was designed by Ralph Adam...

on not being God


The Rood screen of the Cathedral is the wrought iron screen which separates the congregation from the high altar and is so called because the Saxon word for Cross was "rood" and this screen usually held a cross of the crucified Jesus with Mary and John on either side.  The...

the stewardship of our stress


The sanctuary lights remain lit in the cathedral to represent the presence of Christ in the wine and bread nearby.  Fire has long had a place in churches and temples all the way back to the beloved temple of the Jews.  Much of the prophetic literature and one third of the psalms...

the stewardship of beauty


  It is nearly impossible to underestimate how tired, grieving, regretful, even despairing people are when they walk into the church for worship. There is, of course, great joy and happiness in many lives. We are that marbled rye of existence in which we have both the light of joys...

The Stewardship of Friendship


Friendship is the great stewardship frontier of our time.  So much would go well if we did friendship well.  It is interesting to me that we go back and forth between two verbs associated with "time."  We sometimes "make" time and we sometimes "have" time.  And yet when it comes...

A Blessing on a Donor


  Blessing on our nest eggs - on that money which God has given to us as gift.  Blessing. Blessing on the possessions in our homes which delight us and recall past days. Blessing. Blessing on our money which feeds and clothes us. Blessing. Blessing on our savings and investments...

presence


  Among the vast carved arches and columns of the chapter seats around the high altar with their prophets and martyrs standing ready like a wooden army, there are two carvings I deeply love.  The wood carver included two birds nests carved into the apse colonnade.  They are not like...

On not being God


      Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.    Psalm 74:15,16 Last night I was in a terrible mood for the evening office. The Chapter of...

the silver cup


"They are all going to die one day…help them with that." What does a preacher do when this is what rings in his ears as he stands before the evening Wilderness service to preach on a sunday night?   I had written a fine sermon and yet, in that split second...