Walking (and reading) the Stations

Last year this blog went through an extended new-post drought. While I wasn't posting here, I was still writing and posting (at least occasionally) for my church site blog. Those posts felt specific to that audience, so I didn't put them here even though I always use this site to write them (the WordPress process …

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Experiencing “Good” Friday and Holy Saturday

It seems to me that our words sometimes (often?) get in the way. Here then is a fantastic video about Good Friday that uses no words. Created by SparkHouse for their line of Sunday School curriculum called Holy Moly. It is meant to be shown to and with children. But I think you'll find it speaks powerfully to …

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Celebrating Sabbath

But as Jesus was coming out of the waters, He looked up and saw the sky split open. The Spirit of God descended upon Him like a dove, and a voice echoed in the heavens. Voice: You are My Son, My beloved One, and I am very pleased with You. ...After John was arrested by …

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Celebrating Sabbath

More wise words from Father Richard Rohr. Reading his daily meditations helps me root each day in scripture, in truth, in God's love. All of Jesus’ guidance for ministry, his seeming “tips for the road,” are very concrete and interpersonal. They are all about putting people in touch with specific people, and especially with people’s …

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“Eat the Bread…For a Stronger, Kinder Faith: Redefining Liturgy, part 2” Oct.7 sermon

Here's my sermon from Sunday (October 7). As I'm sure you've figured out, I called it "Eat This Bread...For a Stronger, Kinder Faith: Redefining Liturgy, part 2." Part 1 was last week. Part 3 drops next week (October 21) at our Evening Worship. Again, this sermon was inspired and informed by my reading of Brian …

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“Words Mean What They Mean…Until They Don’t: Redefining Liturgy, part 1” Sept. 30 sermon

Here's my sermon from Sunday (September 30), which I called "Words Mean What They Mean...Until They Don't: Redefining Liturgy, part 1." It is inspired by Brian McLaren's Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammad Cross the Road? I think it is a terrific book. For years now I've found McLaren to be an author …

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“Heroes for Peace”

Over at the Raven Foundation blog, my friend, Adam Ericksen, has a terrific post about the inherently political nature of Jesus' life, ministry, death and resurrection. Adam reminds us of the historical-political-social context of the time, specifically how words and titles we Christians use for Jesus were first used for Caesar. Words and titles like: …

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It’s been a Good Friday

Since the blogosphere is overrun with people reflecting on their journey of faith in Christ (most of whom are way better at it than I), it should come as no surprise that posts on the meaning of Good Friday abound. Here are some that I found meaningful and thought-provoking: 1. My friend Adam Ericksen  offers …

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Bizarro Shaggy and Scooby?

I hope you'll forgive the continuing shameless self-promotion... I'm pleased to be a part of the fun, interesting, good work going on at The Hardest Question, the blog that seeks to: move Bible preachers and teachers creatively away from hermeneutical cliché, so as to ignite both weekly preparations and insightful conversations for the sake of …

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“That’s some salty language!” – final version of Feb.6 sermon

Not exactly sure why, but unlike many of my more disciplined colleagues, I've never been one to post a written version of a sermon. Probably has mostly to do with not preaching from a manuscript. Posting a few notes with a few more-fully written paragraphs and a few other thoughts that end up not being said...well, …

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