The Cause of the Poor

Plus: Saints 2016 Y’all may have noticed that I’m not great at details or schedules.  That makes following the lectionary a danger zone for me, so I keep telling you we’re going to talk about things that, it turns out, we are not.  I am truly thankful for your grace.  This is all said to preface the news that we …

Dancing toward Justice

I’ll be out of town this Sunday, but fortunately our church is packed with great people.  Lindsey Mosher Trozzo will be filling in for me.  Lindsey is currently working on her dissertation on the ethics of the Gospel of John.  From our chat this evening it seems like this Sunday will be an extension of our conversation last Sunday with …

David Loved Jonathon

This past Sunday was rough.  I am pleased to see so much happening in the wake of the events in Charleston.  Seeing Confederate flags removed in Alabama and initiatives to do the same throughout the South is encouraging.  However, there is so much more to do than change the racist décor.  While we endeavor to keep the quest for racial …

Love and Justice (and Babies!)

It has been a hectic week with a surprise trip to Las Vegas to help take care of my new niece and nephew while their mother (my sister-in-law) recovers in the hospital after a rough delivery.  She is improving and the kids are sure to be the smartest, kindest, beautifulest people the world has ever known.  I’m back in town …

The Power of Being Yourself

This is a special week because we are joined by Rev. Robin Lunn, Executive Director of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, an organization committed to the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of the church.  We are privileged to be a part of AWAB and privileged to have Robin join us.  Once again, the lectionary provides …

Undone by Love (Program and Sermon)

Program Sermon Every so often, someone comes forward with proclamations of doom for America.  Whether it’s Carle Zimmerman in 1947, Francis Schaeffer in 1975, or William Bennett in 2003, they see themselves as prophets pointing us back to an ideal time that has passed us by, an ideal place we seem unable to still find.  We have lost our way, …

Undone by Love

The series we just finished examined John’s ethic of love as a guide for how our church might understand itself.  John’s ethic of love is aimed largely in toward the community from which the Gospel arose.  Although John’s scope is the world (“so that the world may believe,” John 17:21), it intends to draw the world in (“come and see,” …

Feminist Reclaiming of Churching Rite

This week we conclude with the final verses of James, the lone Wisdom book in the New Testament (Chapter 5: 13-20) Join us this Sunday as we breathe new life into a  Christian rite from the Middle Ages — The Churching of Women — and celebrate Teresha and Mandy and their recent birth into motherhood. Starting in the 11th century the Book of Common Prayer and later the first …