Red Prayer, Blue Prayer

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. I left the lectionary behind today, and used this gospel text: Matthew 6:25-33. Jesus tells us not to worry. Don’t worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, what you will wear. Consider the lilies of the field. The birds of … Continue reading Red Prayer, Blue Prayer

Jesus and Divorce

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 10:2-16. You may wish to go ahead and read that now -- more than usual, this sermon depends on people having just heard it. This is not an easy gospel passage to hear. It’s tempting for me to … Continue reading Jesus and Divorce

Disco Gourds

I used to really love Fridays. They're my day off. The one day of the week when I get to take off my pastor hat, and just be Michael. I used to have a lot of fun on Fridays. I used to go out letterboxing on Fridays a lot, drive for miles and miles to … Continue reading Disco Gourds

I Hate Emojis

There's a part of me that wants to write more about Brett Kavanaugh. But I won't. One post was enough. There's a part of me that wants to write in solidarity with #metoo and with women across the country. But I don't know what to write. There's precious little that I (as a white, straight, … Continue reading I Hate Emojis

A Trip into Myself

I found this file lying around in my computer. I thought I'd share it here. It was my final project for a seminar I took freshman year in college. I procrastinated it until the day it was due. Then I sat in the computer lab in Trumbauer Hall for a few hours, and this poured … Continue reading A Trip into Myself

Do Not Stop Them!

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. I was not at my regular congregation this morning. Instead, I was doing a "pulpit exchange" with a congregation we partner with. The gospel reading was Mark 9:38-50.  Jesus had disciples, people who followed him. He led them, he taught them, he trained … Continue reading Do Not Stop Them!

Rushing to Judgment

I'm not going to say much about today's hearings, for a few reasons: I didn't watch any of them. All the news I've gotten on what happened today was through Facebook. I'm a man. I really don't think anybody needs to hear my two cents about sexual assault. It's wrong, in every circumstance. There are … Continue reading Rushing to Judgment