“Crumbled Grace” (September 6, 2015) A woman came to Jesus, begging for healing for her child, and she was Syrian… I mean, Syrophoenician. Dare we believe, even in the face of global crisis, that the smallest act of love, the smallest scrap of grace, makes a difference? (Mark 7:24-37)
“The Outer Reaches” (July 5, 2015) Jesus’ interruptions as he goes about his ministry of teaching and healing serve to remind us that we are called to the margins– to be distracted and take notice of those reaching out for help, even– especially– when the rest of society assumes they do not matter. (Mark 5:21-43)
Prayer, Interrupted (June 28, 2015) With grief and sorrow, and the commitment not just to pray, but to act, we lift our laments for the attack on Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina. (Psalm 130, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27) – – – I quote from a reflection by my colleague, Steve Garnaas-Holmes.
Every time someone sidesteps or over-steps the marginalized, every time someone stifles holy conversation or the ministry of lay persons, every time someone uses the order given us not to guide and protect but to circumvent and then consolidate power and privilege, every time someone allows prayer or a call to follow Jesus to be hurtful rather than to build up the body, I will be there– objecting, amending, opining, and advocating. Every. Time.
“Embarrassingly Out There” (May 31, 205) We do not usually feel comfortable talking about our faith. Maybe like Jesus’ family, trying to reign him in when he started preaching and healing all over the place, we feel over-exposed. But when we do share and listen about our church in this community, the response is overall […]
“Wind, Water, Flame” (May 24, 2015, Pentecost) We talk about the Holy Spirit in curious ways– ways that perhaps betray our discomfort with it’s unpredictable, life-shaking nature. Are we ready to let the Spirit shake us up, let it rock us? (Acts 2:1-6, 12-21) — (money shot for those who want to hear me sing at […]
“What’s to Stop Me?” (May 3, 2015) While we tend to see so many labels and categories, fragmenting humanity into different boxes, Jesus and his early followers broke down these barriers and eliminated the separations between people in creating a new beloved community. As Phillip and the traveler on the road to Gaza discover, there […]
“One Voice” (April 26, 2015) We are all called by one shepherd, to a shared calling. If your heart is like my heart, take my hand… (John 10:11-18)
“With My Own Eyes” (April 12, 2015) Thomas wants to see Jesus with his own eyes. Given how drastically our experiences (including what we see) can vary, is that such a bad thing? How often does the church expect the world to simply believe what we say about Jesus, instead of inviting people into their […]
“Life All Around” (April 5, 2015 – Easter) Life is all around us, and death never has the final say! (Mark 16:1-8; John 20:1-18) — I was without my direct mic wire– sorry for the poorer quality recording; I think the point comes across.