A Pleasant Vineyard?

I'd prefer not to bother with Noah and his sons in today's reading from Genesis 9:18-10:1. I'd rather leave Noah to his drunken nakedness and the racist curse he pronounces on Ham's son, Canaan. What's so terrible about Ham seeing his father drunk and naked? And why put the curse on Ham's son who had nothing to do …

A Rainbow for All

What a relief! The church lectionary skips about ten chapters in the Book of Isaiah and we jump today to chapter 25, a wonderful pause from God's apocalyptic threats. Here instead we find again the image of God as savior and provider for the poor and the suffering. It is the perfect companion to today's reading in Genesis …

Synthetic Lives

It is always amusing to watch the squabbles of pop stars and entertainment icons. The latest is the one between the pop singer Elton John and the fashion icons Dolce & Gabbana. Of course it's hypocritical of D&G to use words like 'synthetic' when everything they stand for is synthetic. High fashion is synthetic; the …

God’s π

Yesterday, March 14, marked the annual observance of Pi Day. It only works in the American way of writing dates, so it's mostly in this country that mathematicians get excited. But yesterday wasn't just March 14, it was March 14, 2015: 3-14-15 in the usual shorthand that we write dates, and Pi to four decimal places …

Apocalypse Again?

The reading from Genesis 8:4-21 brings to an end the narrative of the Flood and we hear God make a promise to Noah:  Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the Lord smelled the pleasing odor, the LORD said in his …