Tag: Pastor’s Note

Season of Advent: The Peaceable Kingdom

This weekend marks the beginning of the season of Advent. This year, our worship theme is “The Peaceable Kingdom.” We will be thinking together about God’s peace, the shalom that is spoken of in scripture and is a part of the promised coming of Jesus, who is the “Prince of Peace.” The season is full…
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A Diverse People

Last week, each of the five jurisdictions of the United Methodist Church in the United States met. The main purpose of these meetings is the election of bishops. The jurisdiction of which we are a part is the South Central Jurisdiction, which includes Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and part of New Mexico.…
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The Next Place

The questions that comprise our third week of the “Got Questions?” series are all about what we might call the “afterlife.” Questions about heaven. Questions about hell. Questions about where God lives. Questions about what happens to us when we die. These are, just like all the questions we’ve wrestled with, really big and weighty…
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Doubt

There is something special happening during this worship series and all-church study. It is called “Got Questions?” and we are addressing theological questions posed by the congregation.  I thought this was going to be a “teachy” kind of series, where we named the questions and talked about the different ways those questions have been asked…
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The Masks We Wear

For our final week of the worship series “May the Force Be With You,” we are going to spend a little time with the bad guy. I mean, he’s THE bad guy of all bad guys, in my opinion. I have never seen a movie villain more … um … let’s say “villian-y”…  than the…
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Name Your Fear You Must

When Master Yoda said, “Fear is the path to the dark side,” he was speaking with a young student named Anakin Skywalker. He told him, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Tragically, there was much fear in Anakin, and Yoda’s words…
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May The Force Be With You

First of all, let me just reassure those of you who are not fans of Star Wars, these next four weeks will still be meaningful for you. So what I’m saying is, please do not let the fact that our upcoming worship series is about the theology of Star Wars keep you from coming to…
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Keep It Real

Did you ever have an experience that was so good it just didn’t seem real?  On a family vacation in the Rocky Mountain National Park, I got up earlier than everyone else one morning and hiked a trail at dawn. Almost alone on the trail, in the stillness of the morning, seeing the sun rise…
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It Is Time To Dream

This weekend, we are wrapping up our three-week worship series, “Live in Love: What’s Next for the United Methodist Church.” The first week, we talked about our recent history and the context of the current flashpoint in the UMC regarding marriage and ordination of people in the LGBT+ community. Understanding how we got to where…
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“Clobber Verses”

This week, the sermon comes with a “content warning.” I really want everyone to be aware that I will be talking about the particular Bible verses that are referenced whenever people discuss homosexuality. Many people refer to these few verses collectively as the “clobber verses.”  Isn’t that something? This group of verses has earned a…
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