Undone by Love: The Redoing (Program)

This is from a couple of weeks ago.  (Still catching up from vacation and the beginning of school.)  For this service, we broke up into small groups.  A portion of our “Prayers of the People” from the series was read followed by a moment of silent reflection and then some discussion questions.  At the end of the service, participants were …

Undone by Love: The Redoing

Before I moved to Dallas, I was a manager in the Information Systems department of a medium-sized company that owned funeral homes and cemeteries.  Yes, even funeral homes have information systems.  And, yes, I was a nerd.  The part of my job that I liked the most was facilitating groups of people in a software design process.  I got to …

Undone by Love: The Other

Before Church in the Cliff opened, Lisa and I went to Cathedral of Hope a few times.  One time, during the passing of the peace, I turned and encountered a transgender person.  I was taken aback.  My mind couldn’t register him or her.  I didn’t even know what pronouns to use.  Then I had an epiphany: God is like that.  …

Undone by Love: The Alien (Program and Sermon)

Program Scriptures An Immigrant’s Prayer by Remigio Hernandez Sermon I know we’re always looking for ways to annoy our fundamentalist friends and family, so here’s something: the exodus, the central narrative of the Jewish tradition and the paradigm for the Christian journey, didn’t really happen.  It’s true.  There’s a pretty substantial archaeological record from the period it would have happened, …

Undone by Love: The Alien

Last week we talked about the earth as neighbor, one who shows us compassion. She provides the possibility of life, so it seems a peculiar act of violence to carve her up like the concubine at Gibeah (Judges 19). We imagine ourselves as God separating the light from the dark. In a tragically misguided sense, that is exactly what we …

What I Meant to Say Was…

On Sunday, I was highly critical of Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Dallas, as well as others of his ilk that are famous for their criticism of homosexuality.  You can read my comments here, but the main point was that any ethical stance must risk something.  This follows from Jesus’ claim in John 15:13: “No one has greater …