Don’t Say I’m Just a Kid: Sermon for February 3, 2013 (Scout Sunday)

I entered seminary right after I graduated from college, when I was still 21 years old. And that summer I was called to my first meeting with the committee that would later decide whether or not to ordain me as a minster. I was really nervous, because I was sure I would get asked some sort of confusing theological question, or I’d be asked to recite the books of the Bible or something. I had no idea what to expect. I the end, the meeting went well. No curveball questions. No unfair expectations. But the committee said they had one … Continue reading Don’t Say I’m Just a Kid: Sermon for February 3, 2013 (Scout Sunday)

10 Things You Can Do to Help Confront Bullying

On this day after Spirit Day, I’m committed to keeping awareness of bullying at the forefront of my mind. I just shared these ten suggestions with my parishioners. What would you add? Let the youth in your life know how you feel about bullying. Just like you talk to them about other life choices, talk to them about how you expect them to treat their peers. Encourage them to covenant with others to make their school, team, etc. a bullying-free zone. Whenever possible, talk about the deeper reasons we do not bully. Make connections for the youth in your life between respect for all of God’s … Continue reading 10 Things You Can Do to Help Confront Bullying

The Mainline Church and Dusty Feet: A sermon for July 8, 2012

When I was younger I used to hear people use the phrase “shake the dust from your feet” and I would have no idea what they were talking about. Someone would leave a job or their relationship would break up and another person would tell them, “just shake the dust from your feet and move on”. It’s a weird phrase. What dust are they talking about? And what does shaking dust from your feet have to do with moving on from a bad relationship? It wasn’t until much later when I read this passage that I understood where that language … Continue reading The Mainline Church and Dusty Feet: A sermon for July 8, 2012