A Mother’s Determination (a sermon on Matthew 15:10-28)

God’s grace and peace be with all of you. I hate today’s gospel reading. I hate it. I cannot for the life of me make sense of what Jesus says and does in this passage. He says, “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out … Continue reading A Mother’s Determination (a sermon on Matthew 15:10-28)

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Where is God in Charlottesville?

God’s grace and peace be with all of you. There’s a well-known saying among preachers, attributed to the theologian Karl Barth: “The pastor should preach with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.” It means that preaching can never be divorced from the here and now. If I got up here … Continue reading Where is God in Charlottesville?

A Litany Against White Supremacy

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-white-virginia-rally-20170811-story.html As Charlottesville, VA becomes the focal point of white supremacy and those who stand against it, this litany was prepared by myself and Pastor Elizabeth Rawlings for use in worship.   Litany against white supremacy   Gracious and loving God, In the beginning, you created humanity and declared us very good We were made … Continue reading A Litany Against White Supremacy