Do we need to take global warming seriously?

This weekend we finish our series about Life in These United States.  We have been talking about what everyone is talking about.  I’ve enjoyed this series, though it has made me squirm from time to time!  But  as we conclude this series, we look forward to Advent.  Yes, Advent begins next week.  And during AdventContinue reading “Do we need to take global warming seriously?”

How to respond to people struggling with gender

In our Life in These United States Series, we are talking about what everyone is talking about.  This week we look at the topic of gender distress.  Months ago Bruce Jenner announced that for years he struggled with gender and was now Caitlin, changing his gender from male to female.  Then Target stores said thatContinue reading “How to respond to people struggling with gender”

Why I’m talking about the election this Sunday

This may be the most stupid preaching decision I’ve ever made.  This coming Sunday as we continue our series, Life in These United States, I’m talking about government.  And with only a few weeks left until our general election, I need to talk about politics.  My tag line for the sermon series has been “We’reContinue reading “Why I’m talking about the election this Sunday”

How I found out I am prejudiced (how you might be too…and what we can do about it)

I don’t think that I am prejudiced.  At all. How about you? Do you think you are prejudiced? This week in my research for my sermon on race, ethnicity and diversity, I came across a fascinating study and book called Blind Spot. In the book, the authors say that: “To better understand the roots ofContinue reading “How I found out I am prejudiced (how you might be too…and what we can do about it)”

What does God say about race and diversity?

This weekend my sermon is about race.  Our sermon series is called Life in These United States, and we’re talking about what everyone is talking about.  Race relations have been in the news a lot in recent years, and again this week there have been two shootings of black men by police officers.  These shootingsContinue reading “What does God say about race and diversity?”

What does the Bible say about Sex?

I feel a bit like the parent who knows they ought and need to talk with their pubescent child about the birds and the bees, but because it is so awkward they procrastinate. Except this time, I’m talking to the church, an entire congregation, on a Sunday morning, about the birds and bees. Yeah, weContinue reading “What does the Bible say about Sex?”

War and Peace and Christians

Last week I asked, “What should Christians do about War and Peace?”  Sunday was the 15th anniversary of 9/11, so we talked about these two important responses.  Just War and Pacifism.  There are other ways to approach the response to evil in the world, but just war and pacifism tend to be the two primaryContinue reading “War and Peace and Christians”

Soulmates? Really? (Is it possible to know God’s will for your life?)

Have you ever felt like you wish God would just speak to you in an audible voice and tell you exactly what to do?  There are so many situations.  See if you have ever heard yourself thinking one of these: What does God want me to do with my life? Which boy or girl doesContinue reading “Soulmates? Really? (Is it possible to know God’s will for your life?)”