On the Table– May 13 through 19

“LOVE WINS”It’s a stirring slogan, and a fantastic meme, but is it a Creed?  A Way of life?  A  raison d’être?In this week’s Lectionary Reading, Jesus sure seems to think so, and the newly reinstated Peter is right behind him.  Join us this Sunday, when we’ll interrogate their seemingly simplistic plan for world transformation (or will we be interrogated by them?).  Bring your voice and your perspective(s), and we’ll be the better for it.  Oh, and after our 10:15 gathering, please join the larger church potluck in the Fellowship Hall.  If that ain’t a raison d’être, I don’t know what is! It’s... Read more

On the Table– July 8 through 14

Last week, we had a great session of brainstorming toward a Common Table response to the humanitarian crisis at the southern US border (as well as the general treatment of immigrants in Maryland and Fairfax County).  And though we have historically had a marked bias toward personal involvement with affected individuals, we felt a solid consensus that in this case our first focus should be on our government.  Because it’s difficult for most of us to find the time and energy to contact government agencies and representatives, we’re holding our own feet to the fire, setting aside Sunday morning to... Read more

On the Table– July 1 through 7

When Emmaline the Activist texted me about having a Common Table brainstorm session regarding a Common Table response to the humanitarian crisis at the southern US border, I put my tongue firmly in my cheek and asked, “Yeah, but is there a way to connect some Bible theme to this issue?…”  Indeed, if we considered even 10% of what the Bible has to say about solidarity with the stranger/alien/foreigner/refugee/widow/dispossessed/child we wouldn’t have time for brainstorming!  Please join us at Church of the Good Shepherd on Sunday morning at 10:15 as we combine our creativity and brain power to come up with... Read more

On the Table– June 24 through 30

As I write this, I’m in my usual summer spot, at the pool while my children have swim and dive practice.  Thanks to the Father’s Day generosity of those same people I have a shiny refurbished Chromebook with which to formulate my thoughts.  It beats the heck out of typing with your thumbs.  Something really interesting is happening on the diving boards.  Last night was the first dive meet of the season, and it concluded with the very best divers performing astounding aerial acrobatics before they sliced into the pool with barely a splash.  So the younger divers might quite... Read more

On the Table– June 17 through 23

Please pray for my children. For over fifty hours this week– and in their own home!— my dear progeny were deprived of television, phone, and internet communications of all kinds.  It wasn’t until Friday afternoon that the DVR display crackled to life showing “1:24” as we looked on, bathed in that beautiful light.  Exemplary father than I am, I needled them about their torturous two days, comparing it to my own summer days as a child when we were entirely deprived of those same things (well, technically my siblings and I were allowed to watch The Price is Right, but after... Read more

On the Table– June 10 through 16

The news can get you down, I know.  It seems like the world is bad, and quickly getting worse.  I myself have been forced to increase my queue of ‘fun’ podcasts to counteract the depressing nature of my ‘current events’ podcasts…  life in the 21st century ain’t easy, yo.  Well imagine my surprise as the Lectionary reading from Proverbs offers us a shockingly positive view of the world, and especially of humanity!  We often say that the Bible is countercultural, but I’ll admit I had to read this passage repeatedly before my gloomy outlook finally developed a crack in it. ... Read more