At the family/friend gathering where I often celebrate Thanksgiving, we have a tradition at the beginning of the meal. Each person sits down to a plate with three popcorn kernels on it (I've realized recently that, as microwave popcorn is the only kind I know how to make, this is tough to replicate at my… Continue reading A Corny Post (Giving Thanks)
"Glory, Gratitude, and Goyim" ( November 23, 2008 ) Ten lepers receive healing from Jesus and more than that-- restoration into the community from which they had been isolated. But for one leper, a Samaritan, the blessing is also a refutation of the things that had once kept him apart, and an invitation where he… Continue reading Sermon: “Glory, Gratitude, and Goyim”
What is the greatest compliment you've received? For me, the highest praise I get is when congregants tell me that my loving spirit is contagious, or even more, when they tell me that they can tell how much I love Jesus. See, I do-- love Jesus that is-- but it's not really something I write… Continue reading Highest Praise
One of my two churches is finally ready to unveil our new website! Take a gander at Trinity UMC online and tell me what you think. On an unrelated note, I had to buy my ever-growing baby new underwear-- from the girl's section, not the toddler's. *sniff* It goes so fast! Hug a kid you… Continue reading Webspace
"All In" ( November 16, 2008 ) Two of the three servants in the Gospel reading take a risk and it pays off, but the third, acting out of fear, stifles the gifts he's been given and allows fear to rule him. When we come to give of our gifts, do we act out of… Continue reading Sermon: All In
Because I love this man, even when he foams at the mouth. Here, he doesn't, but his confusion and heartbreak are no less palpable.
"Look Again" ( November 9, 2008 ) We often ignore the gift of God's presence in those around us-- a gift we both give and receive. Sometimes, we just need to look closer, look harder, look again, and see Christ in the people we meet, even and especially those who might otherwise be overlooked and… Continue reading Sermon: Look Again
Being green and churchy at the same time. First, a couple of assumptions for this post. 1. Climate change is real, significant, and really significant. I grew up knowing this-- way beyond aerosol cans or cfl light bulbs, there is substantial and irreparable damage that humankind has inflicted on this planet, especially since the discovery,… Continue reading It Ain’t Easy…
The nation's next first lady got in a lot of trouble for saying that her husband made her more proud of her country than she had ever been. Shouldn't we always be proud of this great nation, people asked. I think I feel about my home country he way I feel about my family, maybe… Continue reading Proud of my Country.
Many people who know me are surprised to learn that on a Myers-Briggs test, I am actually an extrovert by only a small margin. While it's true that I love to be around people and have no fear of speaking in front of crowds, and often process all of my thoughts and feelings right out… Continue reading Thinking like an Introvert