I am simply drawn to tables because, at least for me, they represent something of a community and connection. Some of my best memories occurred around tables. So did some of my worst.
Thomas is the patron saint of those of us who have tried this faith thing again and again and still find ourselves with more questions than answers.
We are called to go out, but we are called to go out bearing gifts and with an openness to receive the gifts of others.
You can count on God for a lot, but you for sure can’t count God out.
[Sermon Preached on Sunday, March 25, 20178 (Sunday of the Passion) at Saint Paul's Church on Lake of Isles - Minneapolis, Minnesota] [You can listen to this sermon as well as some additional thoughts by checking our the latest episode of the Word Made FRESH Podcast]. Holy Week begins with protest. I am not simply … Continue reading Sermon: Holy Week Begins in Protest
The seeds we plant today might wind up being the trees under which our children will play on day, but if we plant nothing, we can rest assured that nothing will grow.
That is the judgment: that God sees us just as we are; but, here is the grace: God loves us anyway.
we must upset all the rules by doing what Jesus actually commands us to do: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” This is not a license to be mistreated. God doesn’t need doormats any more than God needs weapons.
Christianity, the religion and faith system that seeks to live the reality of the Risen Christ, has a long history of being confused for, or used to sanction or legitimize, political power. This has always presented Christianity with a dramatic tension between the humble messiah lacking temporal power and the proud, violent empires who have … Continue reading It’s time to tell the truth. Guns are blasphemous and the Cross is ridiculous.
Except that grace can neither be constructed nor contained. We can till the ground around it, water it, ensure it has plenty of sunshine and fertilizer, but ultimately grace is a gift.