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 …

Love and Light

We will have two services Sunday.  Plus a post-evening-service feast.  Plus getting the building ready.  Plus the holidays.  Plus a surprise appearance by my dog jumping through yet another window.  It’s a busy time.  I don’t know if I will get it all done or how it will all turn out.  Advent is a time of waiting, a time of …

The Best Defense is Love

Christianity has always been a defensive faith, even from birth.  Our lectionary texts this week bear witness to this.  In Acts 17.22-31, we find Paul in Athens making an argument.  He is trying to convince the Athenians that they had been worshiping his God all along and that, if they did not soon recognize, they would be condemned.  In 1 …

Looking for Love

What happens when life doesn’t sync up with the seasons? When our world seems filled with joyful laughter and shiny things, and we just don’t feel shiny? Is it possible that the holy can be found both within the holiday mirth, and also within struggle? We are nearing the final week of Advent. Advent is a season of longing, of …

The Baptism of Jesus

In the Epiphany, we considered the identity of Jesus.  However, we only really considered it through the eyes of others.  Every child is born with expectations, but perhaps none more than Jesus.  I mean, my dad wanted me to be good at golf, but he didn’t have angels singing to him about it.  The reality is that none of us …

Advent: Love All

Advent is a time of waiting, no time more so than the final Sunday of Advent when we can finally see the light on the horizon.  And no year in my admittedly short memory of Advent seems like so painful a wait, so desperate a time to be on the threshold of a new year.  I wonder what will be …

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 …