Worship Wars: Christmas Day Edition

The last time Christmas Day fell on a Sunday was in 2016 and I remember the appalling feeling I had when churches began to announce that they were canceling their worship services for that week. The reason most often given was to allow parishioners and staff to spend time with their families. I was shocked … Continue reading Worship Wars: Christmas Day Edition

A Sermon (more or less): “Keeping the Christ in Us”

Photo by Jessica Lynn Lewis on Pexels.com This is, more or less, a sermon I preached on December 26th at my churches. This sermon is my ordination sermon, meaning this is the one I'm submitting to my annual conference's Board of Ordained Ministry as part of my application to be ordained as an Elder. I … Continue reading A Sermon (more or less): “Keeping the Christ in Us”

We Don’t Get to Choose Who Receives Compassion

If you didn't know, I'm a former paramedic. During my time on the ambulance, I responded to my share of overdose calls and I also expressed by share of frustration over them. Part of the reason was that I was simply following the example of my peers - I was expected to deride and offhandedly … Continue reading We Don’t Get to Choose Who Receives Compassion

Sermon – Half Truths: God Won’t Give You More than You Can Handle

Continuing the series based on Adam Hamilton's Half Truths, today I talked about the popular platitude that suggests that God will shield us from more life drama than we can handle. Anyone who has ever had a nervous breakdown knows that this isn't true. While I didn't outright address it in the course of the sermon, … Continue reading Sermon – Half Truths: God Won’t Give You More than You Can Handle

Sermon: “What’s The Fuss?”

I wrote and preached this sermon last week at Shiloh as a reminder of what we celebrate on Thursday (Thanksgiving) as well as a reminder of why we will celebrate Christmas in December. It's all about perspective. I incorporated some material from the sermon I preached at the community Thanksgiving service at Stanton Baptist Church … Continue reading Sermon: “What’s The Fuss?”