Celebrating America’s Birthday as a Christian

  Jeremiah 29: 7, 11 7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. 11 For surely, I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare […]

Openness to God and God’s World

USA Today reports: Singer and performer Jon Steingard made a dramatic revelation, announcing via Instagram last Wednesday that he “no longer believes in God.” Steingard is the frontman for Hawk Nelson, a Christian rock and pop punk music group. In his post, he shared nine screenshots where he explains why he has changed his beliefs. Reading the […]

In Praise of Doubting Thomas

John 20:21-29 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send 20:24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 20:25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said […]

Easter in a Pandemic

My Easter memories as a kid involves Easter Sunrise services. We would meet at the park across the VA hospital in Miles City, usually in snow. The pastor had a portable microphone system, though we were small enough group to not need it. We’d be freezing as we shared the cup and bread. Then we’d […]

Who Comes in the Name of the Lord?

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week for much of the Christian church. Palm Sunday also marks Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It begins the series of stories that will culminate at the cross and then the empty tomb. The Entry into Jerusalem is found in all 4 Gospels. But I want to focus on Matthew and Luke’s […]

God does not like death

John 11 11:1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 11:2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 11:3 So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom […]

Where is God found in the Coronavirus pandemic?

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;[a] 3     he restores my soul.[b] He leads me in right paths[c] for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[d] I fear no evil; for you are […]

Jesus was from a poor refugee family

Today I join millions around the world in celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in poverty, not as a citizen but as a refugee. No matter where or how we celebrate, merry Christmas.- Pete Buttigieg As the Washington Post notes this created a firestorm from […]

Peace on Earth this Christmas

  Dear God, in this season of joy and gladness, we are thankful for your goodness to us, especially for the coming of the Christ child who is the Prince of Peace. Help us to remember that the birth of this child was the greatest sign of your love, which makes for peace. Help us […]

Trust Your Intutions

A survey was done with members of the Metropolitan Community Church, a largely LGBT denomination. One of the questions posed was whether it was in the Metropolitan Community Church that the heard for the first time that they were beloved by God?  The answer was overwhelming a no. Most members already had an intuition, a […]

Peace on Earth this Advent

Isaiah 11:1-10 11:6 The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. 11:7 The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like […]

Trans Kids and Other Moral Panics

Buzzfeed writes Two Parents’ Legal Battle Over Whether Their 7-Year-Old Is Transgender Has Drawn A Child Services Review. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is reviewing “possible child abuse” allegations stemming from a drawn-out custody battle between Anne Georgulas and Jeffrey Younger over their child’s gender identity. A few signs that this should […]