Archives for April 2009

The Sin in Our Own House

I’ve been struggling with some thoughts for a couple of weeks, now, on a very controversial theme.  Several recent experiences have coincided to prompt me to think about sexuality, especially homosexuality.   Let me give you pieces and then I’ll try to put them together.   The Spring Leadership magazine, which I received a couple […]

Living the New Creation Reality

The Thursday before Easter I presided at a funeral of a man I did not really know.  I had presided over his grandson’s funeral several years ago.  I then had his daughter’s funeral (the mother of the boy who had died).  Three years ago, he put me down as the pastor to do his funeral. […]

Easter Monday

Easter Monday.  The second day of the New Creation.   Because I am again serving as pastor to two small congregations, I preached yesterday.   I followed the lectionary and used Mark 16:1-8 as the Gospel text. Perhaps because of our circumstances, I was taken with how the story describes the response of the women […]

Killing Our Children with Love

The professor has learned something from his students.   The context: I contribute four sessions to a general education course at Southwestern College called “Critical Issues in Health.”  It’s an ambitious class that attempts to help students think about the integrated nature of well-being: physical, relational, and spiritual.  We take a team-oriented, approach, covering everything […]

In a Sea of Gray Hair

These days I am near-obsessed by two constants: (1) in church gatherings, young people make up the tiniest sliver of the whole group.  I get invited a fair amount to preach here and there and the experience is always the same: a bare few young people in an ocean of gray hair and wrinkled faces. […]

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