An arresting thought

"Some things are worth losing for." I was driving, listening to a podcast (my current preferred in-car entertainment) when I heard that statement. It was arresting. Almost literally. I was so struck by that thought that I had to pull over to process it for a moment. "Some things are worth losing for." Ta-Nehisi Coates, …

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‘Exit Stage Left’: a sermon on Exodus 14

For most weeks this fall, we're following the Narrative Lectionary. Because the best narratives -- the best stories -- are powerful, moving, inspiring, and endlessly fascinating. (More on that in upcoming, non-sermon posts.) I usually chaff when the assigned readings skip over the difficult parts, so instead we read almost all of Exodus chapter 14. …

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‘The First Dream Team’: a sermon on Acts 13

According to (what we've designated as) the 13th chapter of Acts of the Apostles, the leaders of the Way were diverse from the very beginning. Apparently, I hadn't previously read this part of Acts closely enough, because that revelation kind of shocked me. Those leaders weren't afraid to boldly confront evil, which can be inspiring. …

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Busting Taboos, part 2: Sermons on Acts 10 & 11

I don't always get to preach two weeks in a row, so when I do I try to connect them, to make them into a mini-series at least. This time however, we are doing a series on the book of The Acts of the Apostles. So the sermon I'm posting here from May 13th (Mother's …

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What’s in a name?

What is distinctive about the United Methodist Church? What is United Methodist identity? In other words, what makes United Methodists United Methodists? This is the question our Confirmation class pondered the last couple weeks. How would you respond? (Or, for my non-UMC readers, how would you answer the question for your denomination or religion or …

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