Tomorrow is the day that Montpelier anticipates the arrival of the Westboro Baptist Church picketers, and our local paper is abuzz with letters to the editor and articles arguing for various responses (in addition to the GLAD donation program, which you can read about on my blog or visit at facebook here to learn about… Continue reading The silent NO.
This time, I think even my staunchest, most conservative colleagues and friends can't argue with the position I've taken. Barre/Montpelier Times Argus: Montpelierites (including one Methodist pastor) debate whether to protest Westboro group. I do think I said pray and puzzle; I remember the alliteration. Other than that, a great article that points out the… Continue reading News again
In my previous post, I described the efforts of the Montpelier High School students to counteract the Westboro Babptist Church's show of hate by turning it into loving support for the glbt commuity through a donation to GLAD. For every minute (scheduled to be 20) that the WBC protests outside their school, the students are… Continue reading Wanna donate?
Back from a lovely family vacation, and I learn online and from local media that the Westboro Baptist Church (no, I will not plug them with a link!) plans to visit my fair city next week. On September 1, Vermont's equal marriage bill goes into effect, and so the hate-sign toting anti-gay ignoramuses from the… Continue reading What’s a Christian to Do?
The hardest part of discerning a call to ministry for me was believing it was possible. I was raised by parents who told me I could be anything I wanted when I grew up, so it wasn't that I didn't think the sky was the limit. And yes, I was Roman Catholic, and so I'd… Continue reading Hearing the call
Loving this video: Reasons people don't go to church. What are some reasons you don't go to church (or didn't)? What are some reasons you do (or might)? --- HT: Jonathan Brink (p.s.- I want a video like this for my church...)
On Thursday, I'll be blogging about my personal experience in discerning a call to ministry (well, actually, I've already written it and will schedule it to post on Thursday, so no yelling at me for 'working' during my week off!). This reflection is in response to Jenny Smith's call for folks who have felt a… Continue reading Upcoming post
"Careful what you wish for" (August 16, 2009) When presented the opportunity to ask God for any blessing imaginable, King Solomon asked for the wisdom to rule well, demonstrating that he was willing to let God work in him rather than expecting God to work to change the world around him. What we wish for--… Continue reading Sermon: Careful what you wish for
"Rest a While" (August 9, 2009) In the midst of their important work of ministry, Jesus calls the disciples to come away with him and rest a while. We might like to say that this is in preparation for greater work ahead, but maybe that's our way of trying to justify the need for rest,… Continue reading Sermon: Rest a While
I’m surprised that this didn’t make more of a splash when it came out a month or so ago. The Codex Sinaiticus project is updating and making available online the images and translations of a codex—a 1600-year-old bible, one of the oldest and most complete versions of the Christian Bible ever found. Why do I… Continue reading The Coolest Thing Since the Printing Press