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A Christmas Prayer

The Christmas season can be difficult for lots of reasons. For those who are struggling, I share “A Christmas Prayer,” by Dorothy Hsu: “It’s Christmas, Lord, the Season to be jolly and all that.  But some of us are not so jolly.  It’s time for families to be together, time to sing ‘I’ll be home…

Sweeping Through the Day

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching – a time when we turn again to the One from whom “all our blessings flow.”  More than any other holiday, thanksgiving asks us to look inward, because real gratitude is not dependent on our circumstances, but on our attitude.  My favorite Thanksgiving reading comes from the poet Henry Ward Beecher,…

Defiled

A few years ago, I discovered I’m sensitive to shellfish. Not allergic, as in hives and wheezing. Instead, I get violently ill. I remember the night well. Because of a few incidents I’d had with shrimp in the past I suspected I might have an issue. But when that big, delicious lobster was put in…

What We Believe

In the Christian Church, we don’t believe in using creeds as a requirement for membership.  However, we do have a beautiful statement of faith.  Adopted in 1968, the Preamble of the Design reads:    “As members of the Christian Church, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him…

Change Your World

The fact is… we can’t change anyone but ourselves.  The Good News, however, is that when we do allow God to transform us – it has a significant impact on the people around us.  In something called “Family System Theory,” it’s been shown that when one part of a system gets healthy, ultimately the whole…

In One Ear

This week, I’m preparing a sermon on a story from Exodus in which God’s people grumble about their circumstances.  We’ll be exploring the world’s resistance (and our own) to God’s call to trust and faith. I ran across a funny story about a lawyer, a doctor, and a preacher who went deer hunting together.  The…

Everyday Faith

A few years ago, I went to a workshop led by a woman who had done a study of the fastest growing churches in the U.S.  What she discovered surprised her.  It turned out the primary strength of those churches didn’t have anything to do with size or music style.  The one thing those high…

Downward Mobility

“I used to think God’s gifts were on shelves one above the other; and the taller we grew in Christian character the easier we could reach them.  I now find God’s gifts are on shelves one beneath the other.  It is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower; that we have to…

Pleasing God

As we begin our Jubilee year and think more and more deeply about Sabbath, I’m beginning to see that “keeping the Sabbath holy” is not about getting things perfectly right, but about trusting God enough to relax a little bit. It’s more about our intentions than it is our results. It’s like an old story…