Building the Beloved Community: The Church of Gifted Learners

This sermon was first preached at Kalamazoo First Congregational Church on March 24, 2019. You can listen to the audio here. Text: I Corinthians 13:1-13 When I was in seminary, the church where I did my internship began using the Young Children in Worship curriculum for Sunday School. This is the same curriculum we use…

I Will Tell My Daughter I’m Beautiful

I Will Tell My Daughter I’m Beautiful This mother shares her reasons for telling her daughters that she feels beautiful–even when it doesn’t come naturally. Maybe for her daughters, it will come naturally as they grow from girls into women.

Monday, First Week of Advent

I have pledged to join Pastor Jodi Haier in an Advent blogging discipline. We are both using the same Advent devotional with our churches (click the picture below for more information on the devotional), and we will both be sharing nearly-daily personal responses to each day’s readings. We’re excited to see how different our responses…

Divorce, Marriage, People and Politics

Text: Mark 10:2-16 Now, I have to admit that ever since I started reading the Bible for myself, in junior high or high school, Mark has been my least favorite of the four gospels. John is all mystical and symbolic. Luke has all kinds of interesting characters. Matthew is focused on Jesus as a teacher….

Ask the Questions

When I think back to those days of following Jesus, there are plenty of things I wish we disciples had done differently. I wish we had paid more attention to the stories Jesus told. I wish we’d spent less time bickering and more time learning. Most of all, I wish we’d asked more questions. We…