Today in America, I can safely say we are there, in the Pit. In the Pit because Young People, People my age who look like me, were protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue with swastikas and Heils and Nazi chanting. Because there is nothing we can call these people, but Nazis. It hurts … Continue reading
The first time the people riot in Luke is in response to Jesus preaching in his hometown. (hinting at his eventual crucifixion by the state) There he proclaims the word of the Lord to the poor, lost, forgotten and marginalized. He talks about that the Word of God, he says he is there to fulfill … Continue reading
You know, I have never seen the thriving church. I’m 33 and I have never seen the church the way it used to be.
But I have seen the church. Continue reading
Prayers are so much more than a comforting platitude Continue reading
Generous Jesus, we confess that you are the Son of God. You heal the sick, you comfort the stricken, you find the lost ones. Yet, we confess we find it easier to love you than our neighbor. We would rather love our politicians and celebrities than those who live right beside us. We continually make … Continue reading
My very savvy 7 year old asked me today what Hell was. Can I just say that a. I’m glad he asked me b. I’m glad he didn’t have a concept yet Because, I’m a Pastor and I’m always a little afraid of what is seeping into my child’s brain theologically I have no doubt … Continue reading
Moses Asks: Who am I to do all this God says: I am with you, You are on Holy Ground. Because God makes Holy Ground to be where God and humanity meet. That is what makes things Holy. Moses: Who are you then? God: I am who I am<–God the one and only, often imitated, … Continue reading
Mark 14:32-36 32 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ 33He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34And he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.’ 35And going … Continue reading
This week we moved from Sympathy with Syrians to Empathy. Brene Brown describes it well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw#action=share She explains that sympathy is disconnective–where you feel bad/sorry for someone else’s situation. Whereas empathy is connective, where you sit where the other person is sitting, get in touch with whatever they are feeling and communicate about it. Brene … Continue reading
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