Tonight I offer prayers for the whys prayers for the not agains prayers for the dying prayers for the dead prayers for the angry prayers for the scared prayers for the healers prayers for the investigators prayers for the grieving prayers for the bystanders prayers for the perpetuators of hate prayers for the unhelpful rhetoric … More Prayers for the whys
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. So says the writer of Proverbs, anyway. (16:18 if you’re playing along for points.) This evening just before things were completely dark outside, I heard our wind chimes singing mightily in the back yard. I rushed out the back door, grateful the rain had … More What cometh before a fall?
I have been thinking a lot these past months about privilege and its insidious impact on our culture in general, and the Church in particular. Privilege creates barriers of assumptions. Of misrepresentation. Unfortunately those of us who have privilege don’t see it. Privilege comes in many forms: White privilege. Straight privilege. Educated privilege. Housing privilege. … More A Gentle, Angry People
That Family Resemblance – The “Kin-dom” of God Ephesians 1:3-14 A sermon offered to the people of God at Bethesda United Church of Christ July 15, 2018 It’s wonderful to be back here with you. The last time I subbed for Pastor Dee, many of you were on a bus headed to Baltimore for the … More That Family Resemblance – The “Kin-dom” of God
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Behold. A rock pile. Not just any rock pile. Oh, no! It’s taken years to get this pile of rocks. There was a decent start to the pile when we moved in 22 years ago. As I dug new garden beds, I’d find rocks and add them. When we added a retaining wall, the … More The Rock Piles of Ministry: Who Knew?
Cross-posted from RevGals. This week’s prayer flows from the tending of my own heart to combat the discouragement that seems to brew inside me with the least provocation. I return again and again to the promises Christ made and the challenge to wait with anticipation at what God might do next. I am reminded of … More Friday Prayer; Look up and see