To Love Unconditionally

October 18th, 2019 By punkpriest

“Scripture is sharper than a sword. Like a scalpel, it cuts through what is diseased and damaged, cuts through lies and confusion, cuts through the stories we tell ourselves, to reveal the truth. The stories of scripture surprise, disturb, confound and, with good intention, cut. We need help and practice to listen, to receive powerful, […]

The Great Memory of Salvation

October 15th, 2019 By punkpriest

St Teresa of Avila “Let nothing disturb thee;/ Let nothing dismay thee;/All things will pass;/God never changes;/Patience attains/ All that it strives for./ He who has God/Finds he lacks nothing./God alone suffices.” Romans 1:16-25 English Standard Version (ESV) The Righteous Shall Live by Faith 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is […]

Coming In

October 13th, 2019 By punkpriest

Coming In For All Of Us A Reflection on the Book Coming In: Gays and Lesbians Reclaiming the Spiritual Journey by Urs Mattman Luke 17:11-19 “Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Scripture is sharper than a sword. Like a scalpel, it cuts through what is diseased […]

Call and Response: Litanies for Congregational Prayer

October 12th, 2019 By punkpriest

Call and Response Litanies for Congregational Prayer by Fran Pratt A Book Review October 12, 2019 The Reverend Fran Pratt in her book Call and Response: Litanies for Congregational Prayer puts together a book of liturgy that is contemporary, beautiful, inclusive, and speaks to people from all backgrounds–the doubters, the non-believers, and offers the hope […]

Not My Jesus

October 12th, 2019 By punkpriest

October 12, 2019 Indigenous Peoples Day NOT MY JESUS EMBRACING THE SACRED IN A CHANGING WORLD By Bob Fabey BOOK REVIEW: “If I give away all that I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” I Corinthians 13:3 On this day in 1492, Columbus and […]

Gospel Fidelity

October 11th, 2019 By punkpriest

Gospel Fidelity I Corinthians 12:12-26 Reflections from the Interim Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1755 Clay Street San Francisco, CA 94109 Ministry “I had the opportunity to participate in the anniversary celebration of Rev. River Sims that was hosted at St. Luke’s on Saturday of this past week. It was a celebration of, not […]

Listening

October 8th, 2019 By punkpriest

Listening “When I was in trouble, I called to the Lord, and he answered me.” Psalm 120:1 Growing up my mom always listened to me, when help was needed, I asked, she heard me; There were two pastors through my adolescence who always listened to me. And through the years I learned to listen, I […]

Little by Little

October 4th, 2019 By punkpriest

The Feast of St. Francis Little by Little . “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing […]

Living in the Shadow of the Rock

October 3rd, 2019 By punkpriest

Living in the Shadow of the Rock–October 3, 2019 Matthew 7:25: “The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.” Yesterday I spent an hour with a woman who was fearful because of all that is happening […]

In Our Smallness We Bear Fruit

October 2nd, 2019 By punkpriest

In Our Smallness We Bare Fruit Matthew 7:21 “You will recognize them by their fruits!” Fr. Richard Rohr writes: “It’s a gift to joyfully recognize and accept our own smallness and ordinariness. Then you are free with nothing to live up to, nothing to prove, and nothing to protest. Such freedom is my best description […]