"Woven Together" (April 26, 2009) If we take seriously that we are part of the fragile web of all that is, that our actions, for good or ill, impact the whole earth, then we must begin somewhere, even if it seems that we are starting small, to reverse the negative impact we have had on… Continue reading Sermon: Woven Together
(or watch the clip over on YouTube) I showed the above clip at the beginning of the sermon. I recommend starting with that. "Believing is Seeing" (April 19, 2009) Like Thomas, we are often too quick to trust our eyes, to rely on what's outside us to tell us who we are and what is… Continue reading Sermon: Believing is Seeing
It's been six weeks, and it still hurts like hell sometimes. I found this blog entry from another mom. It doesn't all ring true, but a lot of it does, especially her line, "The truth is it’s not fair to make me feel uncomfortable just because you are." Well said. Healing comes in small steps,… Continue reading Six weeks.
This comes from thoughts I posted on a discussion board at 7Villages, but I thought I'd post it here. It was framed as a yes/no question, but I think it's a question that might take months or years or decades or a lifetime to answer. I'm still answering it-- if not the initial part, the… Continue reading Resurrection– not so much the what as the So What?
"Life All Around" (April 12, 2009) The promise of new life and eternal life is all around us, if we look for it. Where do you see the Easter promise around you? What communicates God's presence to you? Easter sermon 2009 (John 20:1-18) --- [sorry about the delay; there was a technical glitch with the… Continue reading Sermon: Life All Around
We interrupt this church-themed blog for a post regarding the most state-ish of all matters: taxation. I've heard a lot the past couple of days about wealthy people who think that they are being taxed without being represented. Apparently, the fact that the wealthiest 10% of the population are represented by less than a majority… Continue reading Of Tea and Taxes
"Not the Savior I Wanted." (April 5, 2009, Palm/Passion Sunday) During the announcements at the conclusion of our Palm Sunday service there was an... intruder. This man, who was not behaving as we might expect or want, prompted not so much a sermon as a one-sided argument. Doesn't he always? You can't see the man… Continue reading Sermon: “Not the Savior I Wanted”
I did find Jesus today. First of all, I found my actor to portray Jesus (and a robe for him to wear). And I went to a slew of meetings, including two back-to-back at the church (worship and Staff-Parish), and ended up feeling really great about the vision and progress and excitement of the members… Continue reading Finding Jesus Update
"Standing on the Promise: a Clean Slate" (March 29, 2009) God's new covenant in Christ gives us all a fresh start, a clean slate. While nothing can totally take away consequences or pain, we do not have to carry the burdens of our past failings, sins, and griefs through our whole lives (let alone into… Continue reading Sermon- Standing on the Promise: a Clean Slate
Every week, I have a to-do list for the various aspects of my job (Worship Service, Visitation, Meetings & Administration and so on).Yes, I realize that's very type A of me. Mostly I just like to be able to cross stuff off. Parts of the list are pre-written, and copied so that some recurring things… Continue reading Finding Jesus