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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What’s Next? Listen, Learn, Grow

Last week I shared what I wrote to our congregation in response to the racist murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others (to which we must now add Rayshard Brooks). I recently followed that up with a post of next steps, especially for we who are white. Here's what I wrote. I hope …

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Happy Christmas 2019

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 …

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Happy Christmas 2018

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 …

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On message

What lessons are our young people learning from us? In what ways are we teaching and sharing the messages they receive? That video has been making the rounds across the interwebs lately. It's an incredible performance and a stark reminder that our children and youth are extremely perceptive and they see and hear things we …

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Celebrating Sabbath

Note: Celebrating Sabbath is my attempt to start each week with a reminder of our identity: whose we are and who we're called to be. The obvious and only real choice today: the first - and still the best - Christmas song. Yep, Mary's Magnificat. That is, the song Mary sings as she visits her …

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Celebrating Sabbath

Note: Celebrating Sabbath is my attempt to begin each week with a reminder of our true identity: whose we are and who we are called to be. I find these word from Isaiah doubly good as they are the ones Jesus references, according to the gospel of Luke, in his first public speech. In other …

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I like you and nothing more #StayWokeAdvent

Like John so long ago, and Isaiah even before that, the voice came to me out of the wilderness. (You know, for values of 'wilderness' that include 'bouncing off a few cell towers.') "Hey Pastor Dave, we should play 'Nothing More' in church sometime soon. With all the horrible things in the news lately, it's …

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Celebrating Sabbath

Note: Celebrating Sabbath is my attempt to begin the week with a reminder of our true identity: whose we are and who we are called to be. Let's reboot this series with the verses I've said should be our first responder, our top go-to text, our  new leadoff hitter: Acts 10:34-35 Peter: 34 It is clear to …

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Prayers for #EarthDay

Yes, I know Earth Day was a couple days ago. If it helps, think of these as prayers for Earth Week instead. However, given that the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is already at 400 parts per million - and given that the maximum safe level of carbon dioxide parts per million is just 350 …

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