The Mind of Christ

Below is the manuscript for my sermon on April 9, 2017. It is based off of Philippians 2:5-11. In Philippians chapter 2 Paul issues a reminder. The letter to the Philippians was written to a church which was in conflict. People weren’t getting along, and different factions were looking to come out on top over…

The Demand

For a while now I’ve been feeling more and more out of touch with contemporary Christianity. It feels as if the problems it’s trying to solve, and the concerns it has, aren’t part of the world in which I live. This sense of displacement is felt more keenly in the way people perceive worship. I…

A Meditation for Christmas

What follows is an edited version of my meditation for Christmas eve worship. As we worship here tonight, we heard the words of Isaiah 1, confirmed by the words of the angels in the Gospel of Luke 2, which show us who our savior is. Jesus is the “prince of peace” Now Biblical “peace” is…

A Movement into Wilderness

The season of Lent began this week with Ash Wednesday. Lent, a forty day journey with Jesus, is a time of preparation. During this time we make space to pause, reflect, strengthen ourselves for the journey to come. This time of space comes to a climax with the events of Holy Week, and finds it’s…

A Pastoral End to Vacation

Given that I’m a pastor, I think I’ll reserve my Sunday blog entries to talk about “all things pastor.” At least, as I see them. Today was an interesting Sunday in several ways. First, I was technically “on vacation.” This meant I got to sleep in a bit and not spend the early Sunday hours…

Worship

   I guess people could argue that this should read, “It’s about being changed for service,” but I don’t agree.  All service (both in and out of “church”) is worship, and as we serve we’re supposed to look more like Christ. In a culture where worship  is often rated according to, “What I like,” I…