Sep 17 2014

Rev. Brent L. White: United Methodists affirm “sola scriptura”

One of my favorite bloggers, an evangelical theologian from New Zealand named Dr. Glenn Peoples, recently left (or so I gather) a non-liturgical Reformed church in order to become an Anglican. Is this, as some critics have wondered, a step toward “crossing the Tiber” to Roman Catholicism? No, he says emphatically. And surely one doctrine that would prevent […]

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Sep 17 2014

Perspectives: Who Will Lead Us?

The new Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelt family inspires a meditation on the nature and need for leadership in church and society.

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Sep 17 2014

Rev. Brent L. White: Sermon 09-07-14: “Bible Heroes, Part 5: Gideon”

The people of Israel were committing idolatry at the beginning of today’s scripture. It’s not that they stopped believing in the one true God, Yahweh, but that they were adding other gods to the mix—in case Yahweh wasn’t enough for them. Are we so different from them? We may not bend our knee and worship idols […]

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Sep 17 2014

A Pastor's Thoughts: Self Judgment

A brother who was sharing lodging with other brothers asked Abba Bessarion, ‘What should I do?’ The old man replied, ‘Keep silence and do not compare yourself to others.’ —-sayings of the desert There is no greater enemy than the … Continue reading

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Sep 17 2014

reverend mommy's random thoughts: Morning Prayer – Breastplate of St. Patrick

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.I arise today through the strength of Christ with His Baptism,through the strength of …

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Sep 17 2014

reverend mommy's random thoughts: reverend mommy's random thoughts 2014-09-17 09:45:00

Last week whilst preaching I made a very bold assertion — that what separates humans from all the rest of creation is that we can forgive.  Forgive and not just forget.
This week I think that’s probably a gross exaggeration.  There are many things that separate us from all the rest of creation.  We make tools, we have language, we have a sense of history.  We also have culture/civilization. We grow and harvest food and then we cook that food.  No other part of creation does this.
Winston Churchill said, “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.”  We have been shaped by many things – I am pondering now how we are shaping our buildings and then how those buildings are shaping us.  The movement to have or buildings become more “plain” shaped the Protestant reformation.  Our movement away from special use sacred spaces to general use areas in church – how is this shaping us?  Is it just a sign of our lack of place within our souls for a devotional space? In our busy society, are we taking the space and time to be intentional in our relationship with God (much less with our relationships with others?)

There is a movement called “mindful eating.” There is much in our lives that has become mindless.  We need more mindfulness in all that we do; more intentionality.  We have a choice to be proactive rather than reactive (another thing that separates us from the rest of creation.)  How might I be more proactive today?  What may I be more mindful of?

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