Dear pastors, teachers, worship leaders, and Christmas Eve servants, I get it. Christmas Eve is a long day. Especially this year. Sunday morning AND Christmas Eve? Who decided that was a good idea?! If you're anything like me, Advent comes and Advent goes, and before you know it, it's Lent. Not much time to just … Continue reading Celebrating the Light for Church Leaders
Christmas in Texas is a big deal. For me, it’s a three day long affair, and the whole family shows up - grandparents, aunts, uncles, first-second-and-third cousins. And as our families grow, great-grandkids are in the mix. Potluck, loud laughter, fishing in the pond out back - because the pond is never frozen, y’all. Four … Continue reading Lofty Expectations at Christmastime
“God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them.” Genesis 1:27 (CEB) Neil DeGrasse Tyson gets unusually excited when he explains how humans came into being. Our molecules can be traced to the stars that exploded billions of years ago, scattering gas clouds that … Continue reading Some exciting news!
Dear Graduates of 2017, Congratulations! You made it! You could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but now you're out of the tunnel completely! You're done. You took all the tests. You wrote all the papers. You did your time. On to the next chapter, friends. Transitioning out of high school is … Continue reading Dear Graduates: Advice from a Millennial
OK, so I lied. Instead of writing about 3 R words, I’m doing four. Deal with it. When Jesus lovers are baptized into the Christian tradition, they take on a new identity – one that renounces the spiritual forces of wickedness, rejects the evil powers of this world, and repents of your sin. That’s really … Continue reading Reaffirming my Baptismal Covenant
The other day, I talked about the first two R words in the baptismal covenant: renounce and reject. For someone like me, who is called to written word as a deacon in the United Methodist Church, the first two R’s are really easy. I see injustice, and I tell people about it. Sometimes loudly. What’s … Continue reading That Dirty “R” Word – Repentance
I don’t have cable. I waste enough time on Netflix, and I get enough bad news on my Facebook feed everyday. Social media brings out the monster in just about everyone. Scroll for like, five minutes, and it’s easy to see that something has gone wrong in this world. Corruption, murder, terrorism, racism, Islamophobia, genocide, … Continue reading Renounce and Reject