Questions abound

Sermon time! Boy, if that doesn't get you excited, what will?? This was one of those weeks that I suspect happen to all preachers at some point: "Still trying to find that spark for the sermon," I texted my colleague Saturday afternoon. Did I find it eventually? That, dear reader, is up to you. The …

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‘This is America’

We said from the beginning that our sermon series, “Privilege and Promise: This is America,” would make us all uncomfortable. We said from the beginning that this series would make us incensed and mournful. We said from the beginning that this series would challenge us but also, we hoped, teach us. We said from the …

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Inescapable Intersectionality

Attempting a deep dive into the history, and reality, of racism in USAmerica and in Christianity -- while also forging a path toward becoming actively anti-racist -- via a sermon series could very easily go awry. But at Woodridge UMC, with the Rev. Danita R. Anderson as our Lead Pastor, it very much did not …

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Are you tired? I bet you’re tired

How about a Labor Day-themed sermon? That's what I offered on Sunday. Inspirations this week: Scripture texts from Romans 13 and the Gospel of Matthew 16. Local broadcaster and Chicago treasure, Laurence Holmes has long been my favorite radio show host. He is fantastic at interviews and I enjoy a good origin story, so his …

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Vital Conversations

"Can we get back to politics?" "Please!" Kidding! (Mostly.) My last post about my dad garnered more views and interactions than just about anything else I've written here. I really appreciate that and intend to write more like that soon. But I'm also deeply invested in the ongoing sermon series at Woodridge UMC, "Privilege and …

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Showing My Work

As promised in my previous post, what follows are some of the resources that have educated me and influenced my recent sermons. (A version of this first appeared in my church blog.) As you know, we are in the midst of our summer sermon series on racism and becoming actively antiracist, “Privilege and Promise: This …

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‘Privilege and Promise: This is America — Seeding Growth’

My most recent sermon is the fourth installment of our summer series, "Privilege and Promise: This is America." I begin with a brief recap of the series thus far, but if you are interested in experiencing the full effect: Prologue, "The Past is Prologue" Part 1, "Moving Beyond Fear" by the Rev. Danita R. Anderson …

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God’s Elevator Pitch?

It was my turn to preach again Sunday. (We are on a break from the "Privilege and Promise: This is America" sermon series. But it returns soon. Of course, it is objectively obvious that racism does not take a break, so let’s not stop striving every day to be actively antiracist.) The lectionary gave us …

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“Privilege and Promise: This is America — Being Colorblind”

This summer at Woodridge United Methodist Church, our Lead Pastor Rev. Danita Anderson and I are offering a sermon series on racism we call, “Privilege and Promise: This is America.” We are committed to examining the extant racism around us (and in us!) and moving toward being actively antiracist — both as individuals and as …

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“The Past is Prologue”

My sermon on Sunday was based on the Lectionary texts for the week: Exodus 19 and Matthew 9. We've begun reading Exodus in the weekly bible study I facilitate, so that added to the fun. Pastor Danita and I are starting a new monthly series on being antiracist...so there may be some subtext to my …

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