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
I'm grateful for space to write about about multiple women's experiences in pastoral ministry and the persistence of sexism in the church. To fit the guidelines, I needed to cut this piece down by half. Below is the full version for those interested: Last week a male colleague explained my sermon to me. I’m … Continue reading 10+ Commandments (uncut)
Raleigh Mennonite Church Romans 5 When I was in high school, an enthusiastic speaker invited my youth group to smash all of our non-Christian music CDs. In retrospect, the thought of this was so odd and outrageous that I went back to check in with a friend from my high school to see if I … Continue reading While we were still sinner
Luke 1:39-57 You probably know some of Roald Dahl’s work, books like James and the Giant Peach or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I’ve read the complete set with Tennyson over the past couple years. But the last book I read, the final books we read, was Boy, Roald Dahl’s autobiography. It was in this … Continue reading Ascension 2017
Raleigh Mennonite Church John 14 “In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me.” What could it mean, they wondered? How can the world no longer see Jesus but we will? How can we see Jesus and others will not? There’s a lot of head-scratching in the New … Continue reading But you will see me