September 16, 2018

 “Much of [the Bible] is so entwined with patriarchy and racism, it’s almost impossible to think of what it would be like without it. So why not just ditch it? Well, quite frankly, being utterly entwined with patriarchy and racism is something we can say about our country too. But I refuse to ditch it, because of the principles it was founded on. And for the same reason, I can’t ditch the Bible.”

“Much of [the Bible] is so entwined with patriarchy and racism, it’s almost impossible to think of what it would be like without it. So why not just ditch it? Well, quite frankly, being utterly entwined with patriarchy and racism is something we can say about our country too. But I refuse to ditch it, because of the principles it was founded on. And for the same reason, I can’t ditch the Bible.”

September 9, 2018

 Friends, this is our work as we Come Together: to find our critical edge, ward off apathy, and dig into action. We are people with big hearts and passions. It’s a beautiful thing. But we must resist the temptation to run from fire to fire, injustice to injustice. We must form deep roots in our commitments and, in turn, root out those invasive influences of distraction and despair. We’re not called to blaze every trail, but we are called to discern and then do our part.

Friends, this is our work as we Come Together: to find our critical edge, ward off apathy, and dig into action. We are people with big hearts and passions. It’s a beautiful thing. But we must resist the temptation to run from fire to fire, injustice to injustice. We must form deep roots in our commitments and, in turn, root out those invasive influences of distraction and despair. We’re not called to blaze every trail, but we are called to discern and then do our part.

August 5, 2018

 “Our calling is not to conjecture and speculate about what’s next. Our calling is to care and cure what’s here and now. The former is grounded in fear, while the latter is grounded in love.”  -Brennan  “I consider heaven and hell to be real…When I hold my daughter in my arms and she lets out a huge laugh. That’s heaven. But when a mother, seeking refuge from violence, has her son ripped from her arms, who is then lost by the United States Government. That’s hell on Earth.”  -Colin

“Our calling is not to conjecture and speculate about what’s next. Our calling is to care and cure what’s here and now. The former is grounded in fear, while the latter is grounded in love.”  -Brennan

“I consider heaven and hell to be real…When I hold my daughter in my arms and she lets out a huge laugh. That’s heaven. But when a mother, seeking refuge from violence, has her son ripped from her arms, who is then lost by the United States Government. That’s hell on Earth.”  -Colin

July 29, 2018

 “When I am unable to do justice. When I am unable to love kindness. When I am unable to walk humbly and seek out the cause of the widow and orphan. When my assemblies are worthless, and my offerings are meaningless. When I fail God. I need to acknowledge the failing on my part, seek forgiveness, and offer repentance, then, God’s divine love can shine through the dust I kicked up, because God’s grace has room for all our failings.”

“When I am unable to do justice. When I am unable to love kindness. When I am unable to walk humbly and seek out the cause of the widow and orphan. When my assemblies are worthless, and my offerings are meaningless. When I fail God. I need to acknowledge the failing on my part, seek forgiveness, and offer repentance, then, God’s divine love can shine through the dust I kicked up, because God’s grace has room for all our failings.”

July 8, 2018

 "Depending on the ethical code, one can truthfully say, ‘good people can be white supremacists.’ That’s how flexible ethical theories can be. But it cannot be said truthfully that Christians can be white supremacists.”  Colin P. Elliott

"Depending on the ethical code, one can truthfully say, ‘good people can be white supremacists.’ That’s how flexible ethical theories can be. But it cannot be said truthfully that Christians can be white supremacists.”  Colin P. Elliott

 “When deep joy or sorrow arises, or even such large scale injustices as we are witnessing today, I know that I will have resources to draw upon and a community of people in which to trust and turn.”  Brennan Blue

“When deep joy or sorrow arises, or even such large scale injustices as we are witnessing today, I know that I will have resources to draw upon and a community of people in which to trust and turn.”  Brennan Blue

June 17, 2018

Friends, this is an odd sermon to be giving on Father’s Day: a day when a new father like myself wants to simply to tout the love and joy of being with ones children. I started with “dad jokes” and ended with any parents worst fear, and it’s a rather jarring juxtaposition. But it is the juxtaposition that Laura and I have been living in the safety of our privileged bubble: finding ways to come to terms with life as parents of a newborn child, while other parents are finding ways to come to terms with life without their children.
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