I Have A Part

The full sermon is recorded above. Here are the highlights - What is more challenging than Jesus' instructions to Love our enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you? These instructions are an invitation - for those who choose to listen, for those who want to walk in the way of love, for those who want to see with the eyes of their heart enlightened. "We are always at our best when compassion enables us to recognize the unique pressures and singular stories of the people on the other side of our conflicts. This is true for any conflict, from a personal spat to an international dispute." - The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tu

The Circle of Life

When thinking about something meaningful to say today, I of course read the lessons and tried to make a correlation. The second lesson is about resurrection. So while I am not sure about resurrection right now, I know just a little about death. I have now witnessed the two most important people in my life, my father and mother, take their last breath: Quietly, peacefully and in their own homes. Most of you know that my mother died in December and I want to thank you all for the notes, calls, and emails to help me through that time. I have for ten years believed that my dad, while not resurrected, has come back to visit in the form of a hawk. When I asked my mother what bird she might b

"Here am I, send me!"

Have you ever had a vision? If you have, what was it like? If you haven’t, what do you think of when someone says they’ve had a vision? I used to have a hard time with the idea of visions. The whole idea just sort of sounded ridiculous to me. And yet, scripture is full of stories of visions. Isaiah, Ezekiel, Moses. Joseph - the one with the coat, Samuel, Elijah, Jeremiah, Daniel, the Magi, and on and on. In scripture, visions are moments of revelation: encounters with God, wherein God reveals something about Godself and discloses God’s desires before sending the prophet out to respond to God’s words. The implication is clear those who receive them are called to talk about That’s why people

Examining Expectations

Jesus began to speak, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.... but then....all were filled with rage. They got up, and led him to the brow of the hill so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way." (Luke 14:21ff) The word “speak” is in the opening lines of all three of our lessons this morning. The young Jeremiah – prophet in training – humbly answers God’s call by saying, “Me? But I do not even know how to speak, I am only a boy?” The wise Paul – eloquent sage – reminds his people and all of us – “If I speak in the tongues of mo

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