Once a year I put my thumb in a jar of ashes and oil, draw a cross on the forehead of a child, and remind her that she will die. This past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. It’s the day when we remember that we are made of dust and that each of our mortal bodies … Continue reading Ashes and guns – John 11
Genesis 27 10/24/17 The stories of the covenant of God being passed through the generations in Genesis are raw and real. There are no idealistic, picturesque heroes here. There are no moral stories embedded in the text, no Seven Habits of Highly Effective People or models for good works. Today’s story of the patriarch Jacob … Continue reading Two Blessings
Genesis 1-2 Who is in charge of this mess? I've been wondering that. It’s been a difficult and painful year for our planet. A few months ago, the United States pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. We’re already seeing the effects of a coming climate disaster as oceans warm and intensify storms to catastrophic … Continue reading Created for need
Matthew 16 Raleigh Mennonite Church What does the cross mean? What has it meant for you? Symbols are powerful. We’re in a season as a country where we’re being reminded of the power of symbols to shape our histories and form us as a people. That’s a story as old as time. In the … Continue reading Take up your cross
Romans 12:1-8 Raleigh Mennonite Church One of the preaching practices I inherited from the great homiletics professor, Chuck Campbell, is called dislocated exegesis. Dr Campbell suggests preachers spend an hour reading the in a place where you don’t usually read the Bible. So earlier this week I found myself reading Romans in a Food Lion … Continue reading What is worship for?
Genesis 45 Let’s catch up. We’re here at the end of the Joseph story. Joseph, the beloved, chosen son of Rachel and Jacob, is sold to Midianites as a slave by his seething, jealous brothers. The brothers report to their devastated father that Jacob has been killed by a wild animal. They show him a … Continue reading There is only us.
Genesis 28 Last week I came early to set up our worship space. It was quiet, completely still in this empty room. But in those early moments it became a place, our place, setting the table for you and for God. Setting up and taking down are two of the rituals I love about this … Continue reading Holy space, holy place