Flag Placement in Church: How to Have the Conversation

Flag placement is one of the most delicate conversations to have in a church. How do we have a dialogue about the conflicts between nationalism and Christianity, while still maintaining pastoral relationships? [Read more…]

Rebuilding the Temple . . . of Earth: EcoPreacher Guest Sermon

Ronda Sloan is a lay preacher and elder in the Disciples of Christ Christian Church and received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest. The prophet Haggai chastised the ancient Israelites for neglecting to rebuild the Temple. In this sermon, Ronda draws implications for our neglected “temple” of Earth today. [Read more…]

Jonah, Ninevites, and Climate Change: EcoPreacher Guest Sermon

Carol Devine is the second-place winner of the 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest. Her sermon applies a “green lens” to the story of Jonah, and shows us key insights for our struggles with climate change, Native American rights, and economic justice. [Read more…]

EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest Winner: Brooke Baker

Congratulations to Brooke Baker, winner of the 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest! [Read more…]

Climate Change Impacts Health, Families, and Wallets

When it comes to climate change, many people are not all that concerned about animal extinction or the plight of future generations. So what will it take to help people understand why they should care about climate change? [Read more…]

Preaching Martin Luther King’s “Drum Major Instinct” in the Trump Era

There is a way to preach about politics (literally, the concerns of the citizenry, the polis), without being partisan (siding with a particular party or group). Dr. King was an expert in this, and we can learn from his strategies. [Read more…]

Inclusive and Expansive Mother’s Day Prayers

We pray for women who are mothers, either by birth, by adoption, or through foster care. We pray for women who have lost children. We pray for women who give of themselves not just through childbearing, but with their intellect, their skills, their gifts, and their physical abilities. [Read more…]

The Case for Recognizing Mother’s Day in Church

Jesus showed us that by embracing women and the feminine aspect of God, we do not emasculate the Divine. We affirm the humanity of women. And we expand our understanding of God. [Read more…]

Jesus, Mother Hen: This is the God I Want to Worship

“God is great, God is good, and we thank HER for our food. Amen.” Does that ever give people pause and raise eyebrows when my children and I pray that prayer at restaurants or in the presence of other family members or friends. [Read more…]

When Psalm 23 Shepherded Me

Psalm 23, when we learn it by heart, can be the very presence of God shepherding us, restoring us, protecting us, guiding us, and blessing us with goodness and mercy. [Read more…]