Recently a person unknown to me posted his “resistance” oriented event on the Facebook wall of my church. It wasn’t clear what the event entailed and it seemed that it might cross the line into partisan territory. The poster’s profile … Continue reading Why your church (and pastor) can’t be partisan.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post that two weeks later is still getting a lot of traffic. The title of the piece is “I Don’t Think I Want to Be a Progressive Christian Anymore“, and it is … Continue reading Reclaiming Progressive Christianity, Starting with Remembering Our Values
So, I’m going to ask you a question that is going to sound better suited for a college philosophy course than worship: Why are you here? I don’t mean in the big, existential sense of why are you alive, or … Continue reading Why are we here?: Sermon for January 18, 2015
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday in the church. It’s the Sunday when churches everywhere are filled with the color red, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, and we celebrate a story from the church’s earliest days. On Pentecost we remember how the … Continue reading How to Be a Pentecost Church: Five Pointers for Congregations
Ezekiel 37:1-14 37:1 The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 37:2 He led … Continue reading Shaking Up the Living in the Valley of the Dead: Sermon for April 6, 2014
A few weeks ago I was standing in the check-out line of our village market. The selection of cards by the cash register had just made their changeover from Valentine’s Day to Easter, despite the fact Lent had not yet … Continue reading Dreading Lent: An Alternative Proposal
I really like cheese grits. I grew up south of the Mason-Dixon and went to college and seminary in Atlanta, where I solidified my passion for cheese grits. Cheddar grits are great. Cheddar grits with a little bit of jalapeño diced up in them are even better. But now I live in New England, land of oatmeal. Occasionally there will be sightings of cheese grits at restaurants in the bigger cities, offered as a special by some exiled Southern chef, but those meals are few and far between. Once I took an extra order home for breakfast from a restaurant … Continue reading Questioning Advent: Day 19 – Cheese Grits