Longest Night Redux

I know, I know. The Winter Solstice was two weeks ago. But with the near-future of our country up for grabs in the Georgia Senate runoff election today and the Electoral College vote count tomorrow, this night feels awfully similar to December 21st. So I thought experiencing our Longest Night service again might help me. …

Continue reading Longest Night Redux

Incarnation v. Empire

Happy New Year! I must admit that Sunday feels like a lot longer ago than 5 days. (Or is it 6 days ago? Depends on how you count it I suppose.) And Christmas Day really feels like a lot more than a week ago, even though we are still in the midst of the (in)famous …

Continue reading Incarnation v. Empire

Happy Christmas 2020

Merry Christmas! The closest thing I have to a tradition on this blog is this Christmas day offering. Each Christmas I post the Isaiah passage below (which is a reading for Christmas Eve worship every year); John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)," which I find the world's best and most challenging Christmas song; and …

Continue reading Happy Christmas 2020

The Joy of The Child

Merry Christmas Eve! Most years this one of my biggest work days with multiple worship services to co-preside and a sermon to offer. This year, due to the pandemic, we recorded our indoor Christmas Eve service a couple days ago and we are only gathering outside for a brief time of reading scripture and praying …

Continue reading The Joy of The Child

Finding Home

This time I got in my Hamilton reference at the very beginning: "The Advent season draws to a close. Does that mean Christmas is here and we are finally free from waiting?! Not. Yet." Ok, so it's a bit oblique, but sometimes that's just the way the reference needs to go, ya know? Talking some …

Continue reading Finding Home

Give Thanks, Lose Sleep

Yeah, ok, I'm not entirely sure what I mean by that title either. Maybe, if you take in my sermon from Sunday, you can help me figure it out? See, "what had happened was"...with our office schedule greatly reduced due to Thanksgiving week, I had to choose my sermon title four days earlier than normal. …

Continue reading Give Thanks, Lose Sleep

Right Time, Right Place, Right Woman

What are the stories that stay with us? Great stories that are compelling and rich? That question opens my most recent sermon. A sermon influenced by Jesus' parable on talents from Matthew's gospel -- but a sermon responding much more to the book of Esther (we couldn't read the whole thing so joined here with …

Continue reading Right Time, Right Place, Right Woman

Love God and Love Your Neighbor with Your Vote

I just got back from voting. It is a beautiful day -- sunny and not too cold -- and our polling place is close by, so I walked over. It is also a beautiful day for democracy in USAmerica. Or at least it should be. Republicans in many parts of the country have been up …

Continue reading Love God and Love Your Neighbor with Your Vote

Meet Him Inside

Our sermon series, “Privilege and Promise: This is America” concluded a few weeks back with a powerful sermon from Pastor Danita and an insightful special guest on the Zoom chat following worship. By the end of that Zoom call, I felt encouraged and hopeful about the leader of the Woodridge Police Department, the culture that …

Continue reading Meet Him Inside

One more question

Sometimes the pieces fall into place. Look, I know there are plenty of reasons to be infuriated with a whole lot of Christian churches and people: White supremacy and nationalism; spreading QAnon nonsense; supporting Trump, to name three of the worst. But at Woodridge UMC we are doing our very best to be as open, …

Continue reading One more question