Sermon notes from February 24 on Luke’s version of Jesus’ sermon (The audio version of the sermon can be heard here.) TEXT: Luke 6:27-38 TITLE: “Do Unto Others” THEME: If we would do this, we would be close to perfect love. Introduction One day as I was preaching from Jesus’ words, I came to this verse: Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone … Continue reading Do Unto Others
Brian McLaren, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian. – “Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift….Growing numbers of Christians are moving away from defining themselves by lists of beliefs and towards a way of life defined by love.” [It’s about time!] Continue reading Read this book!
Listen to the sermon. TEXT: James 1:19-27 TITLE: “Out of the Mouth…” THEME: Listen, then speak, from compassionate hearts. Introduction There have always been people who just say things. Do they even think about what they’re going to say before they speak? – In this day of talk show hosts who go on and on about any subject – of talk shows where people shout … Continue reading What we say reveals our hearts
From Richard Rohr Center for Action and Contemplation A Changing Religion Monday, September 3, 2018 Much of what Jesus taught seems to have been followed closely during the first several hundred years after his death and resurrection. As long as Jesus’ followers were on the bottom and the edge of empire, as long as they shared the rejected and betrayed status of Jesus, they could … Continue reading A Different Religion than Jesus Taught
The New Testament does not speak well of putting stumbling blocks in the way of people seeking to know God. Many people in the Church have done just that in the past 40 years. Naming “abortion” and “homosexuality” as dividing lines between those who believe the Bible and those who do not has made these two issues major stumbling blocks. Where does the Bible even … Continue reading Stumbling blocks
All I do in life – and how I live my own life – can be understood by 10 Life Practices: Centering Awareness Empathy Assertiveness Emotional maturity Connecting Story-telling Reframing Creative Imagination Nonviolent engagement Click on Life Practices above to read more. Continue reading Make a Difference
The “zero tolerance policy” of the Trump administration has created a moral and spiritual crisis for our nation. This is certainly not the first time the U.S. has forcibly removed children from their homes, taking them even from their parents’ arms. Think indigenous tribes and people brought to this country as slaves. But most of us thought we had moved beyond our history and that … Continue reading Immigration – spiritual and moral crisis
I think a lot about justice these days. Growing inequality, ripping children from immigrant parents’ arms, abuse of women by men, rampant authoritarianism in the U.S. and around the world – all of this and so much more! Where is justice? One way to think about justice is “Just Us.” There is no “them.” It’s all “us” together in this world. Whether we’re thinking about … Continue reading Just Us = Justice
God desires a world where creation cooperates as it did at the beginning, where violence is unknown, where shalom permeates all the world. The prophet Isaiah saw through a window and described a time when natural enemies would live together in peace, the time of shalom: The wolf will live with the lamb, the … Continue reading What does God desire?
David Gushee has a new book out – and this article – which joins the conversation around the decline of the Christian religion in America: “The number of Christians and cultural strength of Christianity are both declining in the United States. This decline is noticeable and is affecting church life, culture, and politics. It is also deeply disturbing to most Christians, including me….” Gushee states two opposing … Continue reading Why is Christianity Declining?