Getting Uncomfortable

Learning is a lifelong pursuit across many areas of our lives. As children, we start with some simple ideas and move forward from there: food goes in your mouth, don’t touch hot things, stop petting the dog’s teeth, and so on. We move from those things to more advanced things like tying your shoes orContinue reading “Getting Uncomfortable”

Improvisational Christianity

If you were going to choose a musical metaphor for Christianity, most people would say that Christianity is like an orchestra: the church is the players; the scripture, tradition, reason, and experience are the score; God is the conductor. For many people this works well because it is orderly and neat and wraps things upContinue reading “Improvisational Christianity”

Family, whether you need them or not…and you do

On three different occasions, I have had the responsibility of being the youth minister at a church. Twice, I was an associate pastor tasked with youth and worship ministry, the other time I was the pastor and took on the role of youth leader to get things started. In all three of these occasions, IContinue reading “Family, whether you need them or not…and you do”

Cleanliness

Read Mark 5:1-43 first. There is a sermon based on this here. For the Jewish people, clean and unclean are not matters of hygiene or morality but ritual. They are understood in relation to being ‘holy’ or set apart. Four categories of things can be unclean: certain foods, skin diseases, contact with dead people orContinue reading “Cleanliness”

Musings – Animating Faith

In getting ready for my Sunday school class this past week, I ran across an interesting quote in a commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Romans. The writer says, In each generation, communities are called to interpret Scripture with the courage to affirm what they believe and what they refuse to believe, the courage toContinue reading “Musings – Animating Faith”