Written in Stone?

A funny thing happened on the way to a memorial service. I don’t even remember what we were talking about, but a granddaughter of the deceased said, “well, it’s not written in stone….” In that moment, I made a connection that seemed so obvious I was at once wanting to think more about it andContinue reading “Written in Stone?”

Knowing When

as in: Knowing when to say what you’re thinking, and when not to. I called 6 times before an actually person picked up. The message I received the first five times indicated I had called outside of business hours. Business hours began at 8 am. I started calling at 8 am. I cannot tell youContinue reading “Knowing When”

IncarnATE 2.0

A long long time ago in a pastoral appointment far, far away…. There was a bible. Actually, there were a lot of bibles. That church, not unlike this church and almost every other church, had invested in a bunch of bibles. I don’t know if “bunch” is the technically correct group term for Bibles. YouContinue reading “IncarnATE 2.0”

IncarnATE 1.0

Mary, did you know? No, really, Mary: did you know? Maybe a better question would be, “Mary, what did you know, and when did you know it?” I mean, really: dare we think that Mary could have possibly imagined thinking about Jesus the way we think about Jesus? When you think about thinking about JesusContinue reading “IncarnATE 1.0”

2017 version of Community Bathrooms

In 1982, I made a conscious decision to move away from a dorm with semi-private bathrooms to a dorm with community bathrooms on each floor. And I never looked back.  Ok; the bathroom set up wasn’t the reason I chose the other dorm (It helped they had installed air-conditioning over the summer). Community was differentContinue reading “2017 version of Community Bathrooms”

Yes, Caesar, whatever you say, Caesar

Within limits, of course. If you know me at all, you can imagine how confused I was to hear this yesterday at our church’s Veteran’s Day Luncheon: Note the order here: the nation was telling the churches to celebrate this day. I reacted, but controlled it. Someone else had the floor. This gave me timeContinue reading “Yes, Caesar, whatever you say, Caesar”

Does God agree with you? with me?

In the face of all the many disagreements, and further, in the face of what seems to be a lack of ability to communicate in civil and well-intentioned ways, I thought this morning of these words from Isaiah 55:8-9 My plans aren’t your plans,     nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.Continue reading “Does God agree with you? with me?”

Can we at least…?

I know, #UMCGC has decided not to decide anything about sexuality for the remainder of this session.  We’ll all be here whenever the special commission reports. In the meantime, is it too late for a civil rights move?  I don’t know why it just struck me today, but can we at least affirm the civilContinue reading “Can we at least…?”

What is our product?

Sermon #5 in our Branded Series. This sermon concludes the series. “If I only had a brain….” That’s the earworm that Lee Swann stuck me with last Sunday. Thank you! Maybe now you’ve got it playing over and over, too. If so, you’re welcome! I remember growing up watching “The Wizard of Oz,” by FrankContinue reading “What is our product?”