Thinking Against Violence with Rodin

First of all, let me offer my deep gratitude to Natasha Lennard who interviewed Brad Evans for the New York Times. The piece, Thinking Against Violence, an unusually thoughtful piece for mainstream media, inspired this sermon and helped me find a bit of my voice this week! [Read more…]

Countering a Culture of Fear

I think Jackson Browne may have said it best: There comes a point when you’re not sure why you’re still talking; I passed that point long ago. I mean really, in a world where supposedly responsible people are spouting off such unadulterated hatred, in a world that is essentially hostile enough to Christian faith that [Read More…]

Unraveling Predestination

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Clash of Civilizations?

So this sermon is swimming around in some of the same waters as last week. The real theme of the letter, or at least this part of it, is trusting in the power of God to move towards unity. I’m thinking about that in the context of the sometimes outrageous remarks we hear concerning refugees. [Read More…]

Confronting ISIS (or whatever the hell it’s called).

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The Paralyzed Church

We really do have GOSPEL to share. I wish we’d share it. I’ll be off next week. When I get going at this, I’ll see if I can’t get some guest preachers to jump in. [Read more…]

Ephesians V: We’re Blessed? What’s With That?

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Ephesians IV: Dismantling the False Self

Grace and peace, Rev. Samuel G. Alexander   [Read more…]

Peaceful Passages, by Janet Wehr, RN

I started reading Peaceful Passages the day Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s Assisted Suicide bill into law. The context is important, at least it has been to me. I should start by saying that Peaceful Passages might be the best book I’ve written about as part of the Patheos Book Club. Janet Wehr, RN, has [Read More…]

Ephesians III: What Do I Mean by “In Christ Jesus?”

Among other things, the sermon delves into the question, “What does the cross and resurrection have to do with evolutionary theory?” [Read more…]