2 Kings 6:8-23 Sermon Snippet

[This is from a sermon preached at Peace Mennonite Church on August 4, 2013. See this page for the full sermon text.] In many ways, this odd little fable-story from 2 Kings reveals the folly of our attempts at national security. But in the end, Israel does achieve security. Elisha will not let the King…

Why the Silence

As some of you know from Facebook, as some of you may have guessed through my recent silence, my dad passed away last week. On Thursday, March 7. In a hospice room at St. Francis hospital in Wichita. With the sun shining and the Hallelujah Chorus playing on my brother’s ipad. Facing his bride of…

Wednesday Worship Piece: Advent 4

Here is our candle-lighting call to worship for this coming Sunday. The Advent Conspiracy theme is “Love All.” One: This morning, two days before Christmas, we light the four candles of Advent: the candles of hope, peace, joy, and love. All: We gather to worship our God, whose love reaches to the heavens. One: We…

What not to Say: #1 & #2

As I talk with different people about how to include sexual minorities in the church, there are certain words and phrases that get repeated. And many of them are not helpful.  You probably won’t be surprised to know that I have a pretty long list of things we need to quit saying to each other.…

Here’s the Thing

Lots of people disagree with my biblical interpretation regarding homosexuality (among other things). As a pastor who has officiated a wedding for two women, I’ve had the biblical conversation many times. I told my husband this morning that I could exegete those “gay” passages in my sleep. But beyond the question of biblical interpretation, another…