Category: Faith

  • Reflection on Matthew 5:1

    Reflection on Matthew 5:1

    Each week members at St. Andrews write Justice reflections on the Gospel for the week. This week was mine. When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; Matt 5:1a It’s about perspective. Instead of going up the mountain to look away from the world to see God more clearly, turn around, and view…

  • Gospel Reflection for First Sunday After Christmas 2020

    Luke 2:22-40 Martin J. Dooley, a fictional Irish Bartender from the Bridgeport section of Chicago was quoted as saying, in 1902, by his creator Finley Peter Dunne, that the newspaper, among other things, “comforts th’ afflicted, afflicts th’ comfortable.” Eighty-five years later Martin E. Marty, in “Religion and Republic: The American Circumstance” would reiterate that…

  • Amazing Grace – Instrumental Descant

    Over the last 40 years I’ve written descants for hymns from time to time. I’ll post them here. They are free for non-commercial use. Enjoy. If you do use them (usually it will be in church) let me know when and where. If you like them feel free to buy me a cup of coffee…

  • Reflections on Goodness in Genesis Chapter 1

    Imagine, if you will, that you are an inquisitive youngster. Your family lives in relatively close proximity to the ocean and you are in love with the rhythm and power of the waves. Each day, or as often as you can pull yourself away from chores, carrying water, feeding the livestock or picking on your…