God in the midst

It seems to me that a lot of us relish these days after Christmas. As much as we might love gathering with family, exchanging gifts, and sharing meals, there is often as sense of relief that, as we often say, "we made it through" the holiday. We breath a collective sigh of relief and relax …

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Celebrating Sabbath

Excellent words from Father Richard Rohr: "Christianity is a lifestyle—a way of being in the world that is simple, non-violent, shared, inclusive, and loving." He continues: We made it, however, into a formal established religion, in order to avoid the demanding lifestyle itself. One could then be warlike, greedy, racist, selfish, and vain at the …

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Sermonating for Sunday…night!

This Sunday night is the first trial run for a new alternative worship gathering at my church. I'm definitely experiencing that typical emotional cocktail of excitement (We're doing something new! An idea of mine that others have helped birth!) and nervousness (What if no one attends? What if we suck? What if we think it's …

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I can be bothered. I am bothered.

Earlier this week, my friend, Steve Knight, shared a link on Facebook to a blog post by Ed Cyzewski. (Good grief, that’s a tortured sentence. Such is the destructive power of social media.) Ed writes: We still haven’t sought the guidance of female leaders as if the integrity of our witness and the reflection of …

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IL gets it right

[Pretty much every week, I write a...something...for my church's weekly eNewsletter. Way back when, it was my take on a pastoral letter. Then some time along the way, I started thinking of it more like a newspaper's opinion column. Now I suppose I think of it as a blog post. Whatever I write for eNews usually ends …

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Speaking Out: Clergy Against Bullying and Anti-Gay Violence

Thanks to a link on Twitter from Kimberly Knight, I became aware of this Clergy Against Bullying petition. In tone and message, the petition is a companion to my Oct. 10 sermon. I encourage you to go read the whole thing (it's not that long, especially as joint statement press releases go). Here's the opening …

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My sermon from Oct. 10, 2010: Settling In & Coming Out

As I wrote previously, the sermon I gave at my church (Woodridge UMC) garnered quite the reaction. I've never been more scared about the possible reaction to a sermon. I've never been more gratified by a response. 6 dead kids is 6 too many. Anti-gay bullying must stop. All bullying must stop. Every human being …

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