May 26, 2018

Live into the “What” not the “Why”

When someone is drowning, the only thing worse than failing to throw them a life preserver is handing them a reason. • Kate Bowler • • • Live into the “What” not the “Why” Religious people (me, for example) are really good at focusing on the “whys” of life. Pastors and theologians, in particular, make […]

Lent 5: It Looks Like Dying

Sermon: Lent 5 It Looks Like Dying JOHN 12:20- 33 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and […]

Jan Richardson: Blessing the Seed

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12.24) • From a lectionary reading for Lent 5: John 12.20-33 • • • Reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 25) By […]

Lent: Forsaking the Violence of Judging Others

Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. • Matthew 7:1 Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, […]

Lent IV: Facing the Snake

Sermon: Lent 4 Facing the snake JOHN 3:14-21 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in […]

Another Look: Show Me the Way to Go Home

Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was […]

Scott Lencke: Story-Shaped Worship & Liturgy

Note from CM: Thanks to our friend, Scott Lencke, who blogs over at The Prodigal Thought, for this Lenten contribution on the beauty and power of liturgy to shape us. • • • I am currently teaching an online course entitled Worship Leadership. The course explores the church’s worship setting beyond just the songs of […]

Another Look: Cleaning Closets

Note from CM: This post was written nearly eight years ago, long before we even thought about moving. Well, now we’ve moved, and the birds have come home to roost. So, I thought I’d run it again, for my own motivation as much as anything. We were able to weed out quite a lot of […]

Lent III: The Ultimate Thin Place

Sermon: Lent 3 The Ultimate Thin Place JOHN 2:13-22 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both […]

Demonic Silence?

Paul Wilkinson has a provocative post over at Thinking Out Loud on the subject of silence in worship services. As you know, Internet Monk has long been a proponent of silence as an essential part of a Jesus-shaped spirituality. We have encouraged that people intentionally experience silence both as a personal spiritual practice and as […]