People of faith, we have a problem. It's not that people say "Happy Holidays" (as a contraction of Holy and Days, 'holidays' actually reveres all of the sacred and special days in this season, from Solstice to Kwanzaa to Hanukkah to Christmas to Watch Night to New Year's Day). It's not that there's a war… Continue reading It’s. Still. Christmas.
My family and I have much to be thankful for this holiday. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite time of year, perhaps even more so now that it is one of the only holidays that doesn't fall on a weekend and a major church work day. It's a time for family and good food, and… Continue reading This our hymn of grateful praise
"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
Sorry, gentle readers, about the black hole of post-Christmas, post-family-crisis time I slipped into. Thanks for tuning back in. Christmas Eve services at my two churches were special, each in their own way. The sermon was the same, and a lot of the hymns were good old standby Christmas hymns, and each ended with candle-lighting… Continue reading Split Personality
"Clear a Space" ( December 21, 2008 ) Despite what might be less than good news to an unwed teenage girl, Mary says an active 'yes' to the message Gabriel brings her. We too have the invitation to create a space for Christ in our hearts, our homes, and our lives as we say yes… Continue reading Sermon: Clear a Space
Normally, the week before/of Christmas, I buy myself an hour with a spa in town and get a deep-tissue massage. It makes me a much better pastor on Christmas Eve, and a much better wife/mom/daughter/sister/friend on the days after Christmas. This year, due to being new in town and not having scoped out the spas… Continue reading Unwinding, kid style
"Clear Your Heart" ( December 14, 2008 ) Advent is a time for preparing for the good news, but sometimes our hearts are so filled with pain and anger that we cannot receive joy. The good news is that God not only offers us blessing, but God is also one to whom we can lament… Continue reading Sermon: Clear Your Heart
I was dragging yesterday in a bad way. It might have been the lack of coffee. It might have been that the sermon just didn't come together as I had hoped. In attempt to help myself out, on Saturday I looked up my sermon for Advent 2, 2005, which was on the same texts and… Continue reading I have determined that Advent 2 hates me.
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)
Despite my complaints at the time, I actually do think I like Easter better than Christmas. At least, I definitely liked this year's Easter better than the most recent Christmas. You will, of course, remember that Christmas 2007 was less than stellar. You may also remember that I have been thinking about Easter and ways… Continue reading A Very Happy Easter