Sermon Series Retrospective: “Holy Adventure”

For Lent 2011, we studied Bruce Epperly's book Holy Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious Living. The following are the sermon titles and a brief excerpt of the content:“Life Is a Holy Adventure” Being fully present — even to the most mundane tasks — can allow you to experience the sacred and cultivate gratitude for the simple joy of being alive. “Transforming God” What does it look like to read the Bible for “formation” instead of “information?” Why would you want to “Start slowly, so that grad … [Read more...]

Sermon Series Retrospective: “The Prayer of Jesus”

For Epiphany 2011, we studied The Prayer of Jesus (also known as "The Lord's Prayer") line-by-line. The following are the scripture references, sermon titles, and a brief excerpt of the content:"Rabbi, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Teach Us To Pray: "How differently might Christianity look if we learned at an early age to ask with sincerity 'Teach us to pray'?" “Our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:9a). Praying in the Plural: Jesus is teaching us to pray “our” first, not “my”; “we” before “ … [Read more...]

WWJD? (“What Would Jung Do?”): Jungian Spirituality for Lent

Note: This sermon is part of a Lenten study of Joyce Rockwood Hudson's book Natural Spirituality: Recovering the Wisdom Tradition in Christianity. Links to the previous installments in this series on “Jungian Spirituality” will be included at the end of each post.  21 I learned both what is secret and what is manifest, 22 for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me. There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, … [Read more...]

Liberal Christians: STOP “Conceding” Readings that Victimize LGBT Christians

Adam Kotsko, professor, author, and blogger, has an provocative Twitter conversation going (@adamkotsko) in which he criticizes liberal Christians for making "half-assed" arguments along the lines of "Yes, God's inspired word is anti-gay, but...."He says, "It hurts my heart to see liberals so easily concede homophobic readings of the Bible."More importantly, he offers a potentially more constructive path of argumentation: The Paul stuff in particular is a case study in over-confident t … [Read more...]

“John 3:16 — The Rest of the Story” (A Progressive Christian Lectionary Commentary for Sunday, March 18, 2012)

Note: I previously posted this lectionary commentary in 2011, when this same passage was the Gospel Lesson. I offer it again for those who may find it newly useful or who may have missed it the first time. Part I: Floating on the Surface: the immediate context of Nicodemus and John 3:14 One reason "born again" Christians made John 3:16 famous is its proximity to the story of Jesus telling Nicodemus that “no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again.” To complicate matters, many tr … [Read more...]

“God is Not a Republican…or a Democrat”

Our county's bi-weekly newspaper published my latest Letter to the Editor this morning (Friday, March 16). Here's a copy of what was printed:I am writing in response to Chester Seaborn’s letter, “Christians: Will you support Obama?” (March 7). Mr. Seaborn’s diatribe against the Democratic Party was missing an important counterbalance. He did not once mention the Republican Party. Given our two-party system I can only assume that Mr. Seaborn’s screed against Christians who vote for Democrats i … [Read more...]