Sep 15 2014

Sacredise: Learning to Forgive

Who are the ones by whom you’ve been hurt or betrayed? What are the grudges you’ve been carrying in your heart? What debts, literal and figurative, do you refuse to write off, adding a little interest each day as your sense of offense grows? These are the questions we are called to face this week […]

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Sep 15 2014

Big Circumstance: Yesterday’s Sermon: Shaped By The Covenant Meal (Covenant Service Sermon)

Mark 14:22-25 Henri Nouwen was a much-lauded Dutch Roman Catholic priest. A brilliant man, he held doctorates in both psychology and theology, and rose through various academic posts to become Professor of Pastoral Theology at the prestigious Yale University. He later taught at Harvard, so effectively he taught at the American equivalents to our Oxford […]

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Sep 15 2014

Begin Again: Mindful Monday: Interbeing with the Earth

Here at BeguineAgain.com, we will focus on the climate throughout the week as it leads to the People’s Climate March on September 21st. In A Love Letter to the Earth, Thich Nhat Hanh tells us that “[w]e often forget that the planet we are living on has given us all the elements that make up…

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Sep 15 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Change now! Change back!


It started in the parking lot, but moved insidiously inside – the congregation did not like the new Pastor! The Church Council felt the need to address the issue, so they had a meeting behind the backs of the Pastor and the Lay Leader. Something had to be done, or the church would die! They longed for the 60s when the church was booming. They wanted change – they wanted to change back.


The Council Chair sat in the Pastor’s office: “We’re bleeding money and losing members. Our money should have been invested so that we could accumulate a nest egg to build a new church in the future. You have implemented none of the programs that we asked you to. We do not like your sermons. We can’t understand you when you stutter. We are asking the District Superintendent for a new Pastor as soon as possible.” It was pointless for the Pastor to defend herself.

She went home that night and prayed for guidance. God spoke into her void: “So, they want to be rich and popular? They are children who only know what they want, not what they need. I will show them mercy, and make them truly rich. I will test them with affluence.”

Next Sunday during the service, the Pastor said: “You will learn where your salvation comes from – it is not from this building. You will see that God does not fit in the box you built with these ornamented walls. He has heard your complaints against me, and asks you: ‘Who are you?’ You want to be successful? He will make you fat and happy – how is that for punishment for your complaints against Him? When you complain about me, you complain about the Spirit working through me – you complain about God.”

The Pastor then handed the service over to me, the Lay Leader. “Throw open these heavy doors. Go outside into the street.” We did, and there we saw the glory of God all about us! We fell to our knees and bowed our stiff necks in shame.

The Pastor then heard prayer in her soul: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Give us each day our daily bread…” Each day after that, the people were abundantly nourished by God’s grace with the gifts of Flesh and Living Bread.

But they did not understand it.


(Taken from Exodus 16:2-15)
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Sep 15 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: Love Song, Week 2 — "Still The One" Recap

Original post at http://talbotdavis.blogspot.com/2014/09/love-song-week-2-still-one-recap.html Sometimes, all you have to do is read the bible publicly and people will laugh.That’s what happened yesterday.Most of the erotic imagery within The Song Of Songs is so alien to the landscape of our lives that it strikes our modern eyes and ears as a bit  . . . . …

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Sep 14 2014

Faith UMC: Please click here to hear the sermon

Original post at http://www.faithumc-orange.org/?p=3783

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