"Many Gifts/The Greatest Gift" (January 17, 2010) Much as I attempted a segue between the two-- right about 12m30s if you're looking for just the second half, this recording really contains two sermons, or one sermon and one 'special comment.' Each of us has a particular way in which we live out our spirituality, unique… Continue reading Sermon: Many Gifts/The Greatest Gift
It's a big word in the United Methodist lexicon: connection. We believe that our connection (or as we like to say, connectionalism) makes us stronger, helps us do together what one person, or church, or regional body could never do alone. Making decisions as a global body is a pain in the butt, and doesn't… Continue reading Connection
For the record, when it comes to massive disasters, it does not help to blame the victims or to insist that this so-called "act of God" (why in the world would we call disasters that?!?) is somehow justified. I'm disgusted by and feel sorry for individuals whose understandings of God are so limited that they… Continue reading Things that don’t help
In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, I'm reminded yet again that natural disasters, while no respecter of persons, fall disproportionally upon the poor. Part of the reason that the quake's effects were so horrifying was that the buildings were already so poorly put together. Unstable structures, even hospitals, schools, and prisons, unable… Continue reading Prayers and Relief for Haiti
Sorry about that folks. Christmas season crunch combined with first trimester lack of energy left me with not time or energy for uploading stuff, let alone blogging. Hopefully we're back on the right track now! And I missed the Epiphany sermon because my recording equipment wasn't set up that day. Anywho, thanks for your patience!
"My Beloved Child" (January 10, 2010) Baptism is about many things: a calling from God, a commitment to a way of life and service, but first and foremost, a claiming. Baptism is a time when God claims us as children-- or more to the point, when it is revealed to us that God has always… Continue reading Sermon: My Beloved Child
"Lost and Found" (December 27, 2009) Jesus gives his parents a scare when he goes missing, and they travel a day down the road before realizing he isn't with them. How far afield do we get before we realize we've wandered away from Christ? Are we ready to rush back to find him in God's… Continue reading Sermon: Lost and Found
"Tidings of Great Joy" (December 24, 2009) In a world addicted to bad news, the Christmas message is a powerful counter-cultural argument: that there is in fact good news for all people. As the imagined chorus of angels, we are freed to proclaim this good news far and wide. Christmas Eve 2009 (Luke 2:1-20).