Forward Day By Day – December 3, 2020

From the Archives: April 14, 1956Do the moral and ethical teachings of Jesus ever frustrate you? They do me. They nearly got me down once. I wanted to be good. I tried to fulfill all the requirements of Christianity. I wanted to be acceptable to God. I can still see...

Forward Day By Day – December 2, 2020

Fear seizes us in strange ways and times. People around the world are still struggling to cope with all we know and don’t know about COVID-19. However, some beautiful things have happened in the middle of sorrow. Chinese medical supplies arrived in Italy ….(View...

Forward Day By Day – December 1, 2020

I remember my mother’s voice as she read the news at our breakfast table. Information about the killing of five little Amish girls at their schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, swept across the United States like wildfire. And then a miracle happene….(View...

Forward Day By Day – November 30, 2020

Some of the most profound experiences I have had of God have been in class discussions or the words of medieval mystics or sitting by hospital beds. But when I try to imagine the presence of God, these aren’t the moments that come to my mind. The truly...

Forward Day By Day – November 29, 2020

Here we are, crossing the threshold of Advent—a season designated for holy waiting. We mark the time until Jesus’ birth with study, prayer, fasting, and acts of charity. We keep awake, trimming the wicks in our lamps and making sure to bring extra oil. ….(View...

Forward Day By Day – November 28, 2020

As we slide toward Advent, the lectionary throws us into the midst of the apocalyptic. Much like our time in Revelation earlier this month, the imagery heralding the Coming of the Lord can be both frightening and strange. In our reading from Zechariah, we...

Forward Day By Day – November 27, 2020

Frank Wade, a professor of preaching and an Episcopal priest, encourages his students to be as creative as possible in imagining the characters that we don’t get to hear in the Bible. What if there was a girl in another village who couldn’t quite manage the “yes” that...

Forward Day By Day – November 26, 2020

From the Archives: February 24, 1956The thought this week has been to develop the idea that true prayer starts with, and is always, the sense of being in God’s presence. First, we think about God. We think only of the Being of God. We quie….(View this reading...

Forward Day By Day – November 25, 2020

Before I ever knew what a sycamore tree looked like, I could tell you that a wee little man climbed one and ended up having dinner with Jesus. You may have learned the story in the same song I did. And now, perhaps the song is stuck in your head as well!...

Forward Day By Day – November 24, 2020

You are God’s temple. Read the words again—allow them to wash over you and soak into every fiber of your being. What do you feel? Relief? Disbelief? Pride? Other feelings—maybe several? Take a long, good look at yourself. Admire God’s Holy Spirit dw….(View this...

Forward Day By Day – November 23, 2020

When the psalmist puts Israel’s sin in such explicit terms, it seems pretty silly that people would exchange their relationship with God to worship a baby bull. Usually when we find ourselves worshiping false idols, exchanging our own glory isn’t so obvious....

Forward Day By Day – November 22, 2020

When it comes down to it, none of us can be reduced to being either a sheep or a goat, though it sure is tempting to try. I believe that Jesus searches out every last sheep in each of our lives and communities, searching for us like lost coins, lighting...

Forward Day By Day – November 21, 2020

We’ve likely all heard awful sermons on this parable—and some of them were preached by me. These sermons share a complete failure to show any charity toward the Pharisee and an extreme lifting up of humility, almost to the point of idolatry. Humility is….(View...

Forward Day By Day – November 20, 2020

Everything I know about metallurgy was taught to me during Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood or some similar children’s show. The image that is clear in my mind is of a black iron cup full of boiling metal that looked like lava being poured from one container into another...

Forward Day By Day – November 19, 2020

From the Archives: December 22, 1955Perhaps some of us have lost our hearts, our ability to love. But God can give them back to us. God plans that each one of us should be a complete person, with good health, intelligence, and wholesome emot….(View this reading...

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