A sermon on John 8: 1-11. We have been learning about forgiveness… We learned why we should forgive—because resentment is like eating rat poison and hoping the rat will die. And we forgive because we are commanded by God to do so, that in doing so we build a world of forgiveness. And the best reason to forgive is that we, ourselves, need forgiveness. We learned how to forgive (according to The Book of Forgiving by Desmond and Mpho Tutu): tell the story, name the hurt, grant forgiveness, and release or renew the relationship. We also learned about creating a world of forgiveness, and thatRead More →

Based on Genesis 4 You’ve probably heard this story before. An old grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, “Let me tell you a story…” “I, too, at times have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do…It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to doRead More →

There’s only one thing better than being unfettered. That’s being surrounded by the love and friendship of people you hold dear. I spent the day in Chattanooga, with some very dear friends. Two of whom are seminary mates from years ago. In fact, while I was at lunch with these two friends, I laughed so hard my stomach muscles are sore. The phrase for the day was “I aim to kill you with it.” Here’s the thing about true friendship: it never ends. Those friendships that were forged in shared hardship and supporting one another never break. They roll in and out of your life,Read More →

I’m reminded, every now and then, how much I have to be grateful for. Today, I’m really grateful for new brakes and new rotors, a car that starts, a car that stops, and especially one that doesn’t say GRRRRRRRRR when it’s stopping. And I’m grateful for more than that. For friends, for people who minister to me, for wonderful food, and for a wonderful congregation. If I could write the whole list, it would be too long for a blog post. And I’m grateful for you.Read More →

When I think about my own skills, the skill that needs the most work is my listening. Don’t get me wrong, I can listen. I can even listen effectively. But often times, I have a hard time turning off the voice in my head in order to listen to my conversational partner. There are several tracks that the voice in my head may be following. She may be thinking of what to say next. She may be hurt or angry and stuck in something already said. She may have misunderstood the last statement and may still be rattling that through her head. Most of theRead More →