Practices for the Second Week of Lent

Creative Prayer Experience You will need a piece of brown paper; pen, colored pencils or markers; collage materials if desired Cut or tear a cross shape from the piece of brown card stock. On one side of the cross, write, draw, or collage the burdens that you feel you are carrying.  On the other side…

Reflections for the Second Week of Lent

As spiritual descendants of Abraham and Sarah and as followers of Jesus, we live within the holy space of covenant–of God’s promises to us and our promises to God. It might seem on the surface that this holy space of covenant is restrictive. We cannot step outside the boundary of the covenant. We must be…

Thinking About the Cross

This is an excerpt of the sermon I preached on John 19:31-37 this past Sunday, April 6, 2014. It is a complex topic and I commend to you the sermon in its entirety. – – – – – – I attended a discussion this past week with Mennonite theologian J. Denny Weaver. He has written…

Things Divine and Human

Well, it happened again. I had a lovely thought for my sermon that I just cannot justify putting in my sermon. It really has nothing to do with anything else I’m talking about. Plus, I’m already pushing 20 minutes which, for me, is a long sermon. So, because I cannot bear to delete it, here…

Take up your Cross

I have posted the sermon I preached last year on Matthew 16:21-28, which is a parallel passage to this week’s Gospel reading in Mark 8:27-38. (This poor little post has been languishing in my draft folder all week.  Oops.)