How To Change the World

We see injustice. We see pornography and sexual abuse. We see scraping poverty and economic systems of oppression. We see big business in bed with the military and little Arab girls get bombed to kingdom come. We see millions of children dismembered and sucked out of their mother’s wombs by medical vacuum cleaners. And meanwhile,…

Coming Like Kids

So why do we worship the way we do? We noted last week that the overall structure of our worship service is called Covenant Renewal. We are following the thematic structure of the three main sacrifices of the Old Covenant: first we confess our sins, then we ascend into heaven in songs of praise to…

One Beat

10.25.13 For J.D.S.   One glimpse is all it takes, one moment: my breath In the icy air, one beat of one heart would be enough To blind, suffocate, arrest. The infinite rushing, crushing The finite. The universe coming down on my head. How does my body not crumple like a can?   It is…

A Sign & Wonder of Grace

“Behold I and the children which God hath given me.” (Heb. 2:13) The writer of Hebrews is quoting Isaiah 8 as a proof text to show that God always planned to become one of us. Isaiah 7-8 are all about Immanuel which means God-with-us, but wound through the prophecies of coming Immanuel, are the enacted…

Looking for Jesus: Part 5 & the Gospel According to the Child

This week in our series, Looking for Jesus: Learning to Read the Bible and the World Through New Eyes, we’re answering the question: What does the Bible do? And our theme is children. These two things actually go together so well, that I’m just going to combine them for today’s sermon rather than taking them sequentially….

The Newtown inside all of Us

There’s a Newtown, Connecticut inside all of us. Everyone hurts. Everyone reels. Everyone sees the pictures, sees the names, reads their stories, and we all swallow back the tears. Death hurts. Death stings. We mourn with those who mourn. There’s the initial ache (and we do). I have a six year old daughter, who might…

Really Worshipping (with Kids)

Do you worship God? Do you really worship Him? On Sunday morning, with all of God’s people, do you love Jesus in song, kneeling in prayer, while listening, eating, drinking, raising hands? And what sorts of images come to mind when you consider this question? If like our church, you have come to the conclusion…

Even A Little Thing Like Death

A few weeks ago, my alter ego tweeted that “having room in theology for the just taking of life (capital punishment, war) is a refusal to make our physical/material state absolute,” and there were a few questions about that so I’ll elaborate here. First, full disclosure, these thoughts came off a slightly feverish (literally) day…

Ten Scriptures for Fathers

1. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God…

Christmas Week 1: Infinite Life for the World

Introduction Christmas means that we have access to the infinite. The infinite has entered the finite (Jn. 1:1, 14). While to be creatures necessarily means limits and some finitude, to be created in the image of God, created to be companions of the Infinite originally indicated a capacity for the infinite, a capacity to share…