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#RejectedSermonTitles: Time is Wibbley-Wobbley

Time is nonsense. Ecc 1:1-11; 3:1-7 Humans have created time, like lines in the sand, to help us to keep track of things. This makes sense because we are namers, our job is to name things, explore them and understand them. We are human, we compartmentalize. Time is human lines in the sand, just like … Continue reading

What is true #christian #forgiveness in an #abuse situation?

These notes are from my Albany area’s Christian Response to Sexual Abuse–all typos are my own… and make sense of what Justice is in a more mature way than demanding forgiveness in (any kind) of power abuse situation. I’ve had a colleague use this material for financial abuse as well. Also, as one colleague noted, … Continue reading

Open to relationships

My colleague Rachel Young wrote an interesting piece about being missional http://pres-outlook.org/2015/02/can-introverts-missional/ which reminds me of an ongoing conversation that I have with people. I try, try, try to practice trust, and yet still be safe. Its a particular balance. It means that sometimes your credit and debit cards get stolen right out of the … Continue reading

What is #prayer?

Talking to God is like calling your best friend who you haven’t contacted in months, & the conversation is as if you spoke just yesterday I think that is why everyone followed Jesus–imagine meeting someone who you could connect to like an old friend, and who obviously & immediately loves you. That is what we … Continue reading

Faith

Faith is work, its communal, its varied, it contains all our varied beliefs and doubts. Belief is us reaching towards God Faith is God reaching towards us In order to have faith, you must have community. Its different than asceticism or belief, it is more than the individual spirituality. Spirituality is how we practice our … Continue reading

Moses: Experiencing God (part II)

Part ! Ultimately God is relational, and our experience of God is relational….that’s why we need to know However, what is hard is some people haven’t ever had that burning bush experience…I haven’t been in that place before, but I know that some people haven’t experienced God. What I do know is that when I … Continue reading

Christopher Priest’s “The Islanders” Review

Good thing I like to re-read books (yep, I’m one of those re-reader people) I Islanders is like a stack of papers one finds in someone’s room. Most of it are chapters to a guide book but some of them are random stories or journal entries–as if someone has been collecting all the information they … Continue reading

Where is God???

  In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard … Continue reading

A True Story

A teacher and a nurse are left with a faltering church. The teacher is practical and into appearances and the nurse is into rule following and order. Both women help to run the church for 40+ years. In all probability should either of them not have been there the church probably no longer exists. Neither … Continue reading

Hunger Games

Sometimes I feel like we can really relate to Hunger Games. Luckily things aren’t quite as bad as during the depression, but for me student debt is a real and heavy weigh in on my life as I tot up the bills and work towards providing for my family. My friend Charlie says student debt … Continue reading

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