Why Are We Doing This?

I’ve found myself over the last few months in my new call asking a lot of people and groups, “Why are we doing this?” This is a congregation full of people with the awesome inclination toward being helpful. But that means sometimes we start off by having solutions before we know what the problem is…

Call Out Culture, also known as Learning Stuff

Most of the things I know about racism, I learned and continue to learn from being called out for my unhelpful attitudes and actions. In classrooms, on social media, in friendships, and in casual conversation with people who were basically strangers, people have pointed out to me that my perspective is not neutral; it is…

Holding on after Charlottesville – A Sermon on Genesis 32

The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man…

Lectionary Blogging, Kind of

Two things you should know about this week: We are a week behind the lectionary, because we had a fairly spontaneous youth-led Sunday last week, and there is NO WAY I am skipping the story of Jacob wrestling God. So we will be focusing on Genesis 32:22-31. In my worship planning, I picked up this…

A Sermon on Genesis 29:15-28

**Throughout this sermon, there are repeated references to “turning the story,” a phrase which came from the Children’s Message. We looked at pictures that, from one perspective, seem to be people hanging precariously from cliffs or walking on their hands up impossible inclines. When turned, the pictures reveal that the people are lying on the…