On the Seventh Day of Christmas …

Happy seventh day of Christmas, Y’all! And Happy New Year’s Eve. On the seventh day of Christmas, Yahweh gives to us: Compassion. I wrote a lot about compassion in the fall and winter of 2019 (you can check those out here). I felt compelled to offer up a different voice amidst the yelling and fistContinue reading “On the Seventh Day of Christmas …”

This is Personal

Coffee, prayer, and a fire – it’s a good morning, y’all. Can we talk about the Coronavirus, please? Nothing political, I promise. This is personal. Please don’t let statistics dehumanize the victims of this virus. In a family of four a .0004% national death rate becomes 25%, someone’s mother, father, child, or sibling. Every ‘case’Continue reading “This is Personal”

Do not Grow Weary

Originally posted on November 18, 2019 This is a portion of my sermon yesterday. The scriptures we read were from the Revised Common Lectionary: Isaiah 65:17-25, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, & Luke 21:5-19. The prayer that I reference is the Collect for the Day (also from the RCL) and the same one I posted yesterday: ‘BlessedContinue reading “Do not Grow Weary”

The 10 Commandments and the Beatitudes

Originally posted on October 17, 2019 Whether you are a Christian or not or whether you go to church regularly or not, I think the majority of folks can quote at least one or two of the 10 commandments. And, I’m sure that some of you have engaged in a debate as to whether orContinue reading “The 10 Commandments and the Beatitudes”

Addicted to anger

Originally posted August 27, 2019 I’ve seen several posts and articles recently where preachers are scolding preachers for not yelling and pointing fingers at the atrocities in our culture.  I even saw one that basically said if your preacher isn’t screaming and fist-pounding about what is going on in our world you should find yourselfContinue reading “Addicted to anger”

Empathy in action

Originally posted August 20, 2019 Let’s talk about compassion.  In the gospel stories we are told that when Jesus saw groups of people he was moved with compassion.  Compassion isn’t the same as sympathy, which allows us to put ourselves (consciously or unconsciously) above the person we are considering when we see them as lackingContinue reading “Empathy in action”