October 16, 2018

Guest post by Dr. Lisa R. Hale Things moved fast for Brett Kavanaugh in that final week. Given the scope and gravity of a lifetime appointment, some would argue too quickly. But from others, there was angry lament of “unfair delay.” As we all know by now, that news cycle ended with a 50 to 48 Saturday vote, a prompt swearing-in via private ceremony, and much lauding by the White House in a public one (accompanied by the President’s strangely… Read more

October 9, 2018

This sermon is part of a series, Resist: Justice Heroes from the Bible to the Big Screen.  Preaching text: Matthew 16:21-28 I volunteer as tribute. These powerful words launch heroine Katniss Everdeen into a terrifying “game” that is really a fight to the death. In a future dystopian world, the population has been divided into 12 Districts, each subservient to an evil dictatorship. The “Hunger Games” are for the entertainment of the elite population that lives in the opulent “Capitol.” The… Read more

October 3, 2018

My friend Phil Snider compiled a sermon collection that speaks to our current political climate. I was happy to contribute a sermon for the cause; I’m also happy to share this guest post from Phil about why he thought such a book was needed, right about now. Read on.  By Phil Snider In the midst of the nationalism, nihilism and alt-right fear-mongering that has accompanied the Trump presidency, many pastors find themselves drawn toward acts of resistance—sometimes even from the… Read more

October 2, 2018

Yesterday, October 1, my husband called me on his lunch break to tell me Happy October. He sooooo gets me. Because October 1, in my mind, ranks right up there with Thanksgiving and Christmas as days to anticipate and celebrate. I know lots of us love fall. And I do, truly. That’s 90 percent of why I left Arizona. As much as I loved the warm winters and the gorgeous springs, I could. Not. Cope with the lack of autumn… Read more

October 1, 2018

This sermon is part of a series, Resist: Justice Heroes from the Bible to the Big Screen. In worship, we started with a rousing game of “Yoda or Proverbs?” Which sort of loses something in translation to print … but do check it out for your next youth group function! Preaching text: Acts 5:12-16. Like some of the other movies we’ve featured in this series, the Star Wars franchise has been around for decades and can be a little overwhelming…. Read more

September 28, 2018

Like many of you, my moral outrage is spent after watching the Kavanaugh hearings yesterday. And my feminist outrage has burned out for the moment, leaving me nothing else to say about the proceedings; about the troubling truth that many who believe Dr. Ford’s testimony will confirm the candidate anyway, because their agenda matters more than anything else; or about all the people we know and love who have outed themselves as rape apologists this week. I’m experiencing a rare… Read more

September 26, 2018

Some people get stress headaches. Or skin rashes, or cold sores. For others, it’s stomach battles, or just a crushing fatigue. And some just find their immune system failing them, picking up every little virus that comes around. For me, it’s usually a flare-up of my TMJ symptoms, which can manifest in crushing neck and shoulder pain. Some mornings I literally can’t move. The point is, our bodies have many ways of letting us know when we are under stress…. Read more

September 24, 2018

This is the third sermon in a series, Resist: Justice Heroes from the Bible and the Big Screen. The preaching text for this week was John 4:1-42 (give or take).  It’s rough out there. Seems like every day brings some new attack on the rights of marginalized groups; some rolling back of the boundaries around what we thought was acceptable adult behavior. It’s hard to know where to focus our energy and attention sometimes. Maybe the biggest threat of all… Read more

September 19, 2018

We know the statistics. One in five women will be raped in her lifetime.  Around 63 percent of cases go unreported to police. Of those reported, only about 2 to 10 percent are ever revealed as “false reporting.” Meanwhile, the number of reported cases that lead to an actual arrest, conviction and sentence? Staggeringly low. Some statistics reveal that as few as six rapists out of every 1,000 will ever face prison time. Of course, these numbers cannot be exact,… Read more

September 18, 2018

Saturday morning, I was in an urgent care waiting room with a sick kid. It’s that time of year, and you just know the germs are coming for you. While we were waiting, a teenager came out on crutches. While he and his parents were waiting to check out, he started crying. I mean, a big old boy, just standing there sobbing in the doctor’s office. And his dad went over, put an arm around him and was trying to… Read more

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