Exposed by Change (sermon notes)

May 2, 2018

Exposed by Change (sermon notes)

Exposed by Change (sermon notes)

I don’t like losing my keys. Not because of the inconvenience, or being late, or turning over every leaf and cushion to find them. I don’t like losing my keys because of what it exposes in me.   Normally I am a fairly competent, thoughtful, productive, spiritual, kind, and generally easy-going person. When I lose […]

April 29, 2018

Standing before the Grand Canyon covering my eyes

“Last week, I met Shawnessey for a tour of the Botanical Garden. When I arrived, she was sitting out front with a wheelchair for me. Since I hadn’t seen the garden before, she wanted me to experience the whole of it without getting too tired to enjoy it. The wheelchair was a blessing because, honestly, just […]

April 27, 2018

Caring for the stranger

This thing keeps following me around. Everywhere I go, there it is. Every time I look in a mirror I am startled to see it, right there, this stranger looking back at me. This stranger is, of course, my body. I’ve been estranged from my body for most of my life. I didn’t do many […]

April 26, 2018

Staying Connected 4.26

It’s Auction time!  Come on Saturday, bring your checkbook, please help us support our largest fundraising event. Unable to attend the Auction?  Find a buddy to bid for you! Silent Auction begins at 5:30pm and the dinner begins at 6pm.  At 6:45pm the Silent Auction ends and the Oral Auction begins. You may pay either on Saturday at the conclusion of the Auction or on […]

April 24, 2018

Every movement we make

I have a small tattoo on the inside of my left wrist. It is a word, inked in white letters written by the hand of a friend, that reads, “worship.” I chose that word because of a poem crafted by a brilliant artist named Anis Mojgani. The line from the poem says, Walk through this […]

April 24, 2018

Did John the Baptist Brush His Teeth?

In this week’s chapter of the Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Warren talks about the quotidian tasks that make up our every day.  When we fight back against our daily decline — be it vanity, or health, or just habit much of our daily life is spent just attempting to reverse the entropy of existence.   She […]

April 23, 2018

Body Talk (Sermon Notes)

Body Talk (Sermon Notes)

Many of us have been sold a bad brand of Christianity. It has something faulty at its core and produces something very harmful in the end. The core problem is that your ‘spirit’ is the really important thing. Your mind is the next most important thing. In distant third is your body. At best, it […]

April 22, 2018

A new day

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maude Montgomery   In chapter two of Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren writes, “The crucible of our formation is the monotony of our daily routines.” In chapter one, she quotes […]

April 20, 2018

Repentance is So Hard!

A couple of weeks ago I misplaced my Fitbit. I was in a bit of a panic — how would I know how many steps I’d taken?  How would I know the quality of my sleep? How would I monitor my heart rate? It took me a couple of days to recall that I’d taken […]

April 20, 2018

I do not make my bed

I do not make my bed. Most mornings I’m out of bed at 5am and getting ready for work. This is a full hour or more before my wife needs to wake for her work. It would make very little sense for me to attempt to make the bed with her still dead asleep in […]

April 19, 2018

Faith Again After Faith

Faith Again After Faith

Our topic this week in Sunday School might best be called “second faith” … The question is something like ‘what does faith look like after you outgrow your younger faith?‘ A lot of people are struggling right now with how to be a person of faith when they no longer believe what they used to. […]

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