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Since I currently have several employers/supervisors/churches/etc., please know that none of the words on my blog represent them or their beliefs. This blog is my own creation.

It also does not represent my children's perspective, nor my mother's; they think I am funny, but misguided.
(Quick update: only my mother thinks I'm funny now.)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Gird Up Your Loins

Guest Preacher Socks
Sermon from today, June 21, 2015

This is just audio. Not sure if or when I will transcribe it.
It isn't enough, this sermon, or our prayers, or our dearest, heartfelt wishes. But let us build on those and change the world through the work of our hands and the love of God.

Particularly, this is a call to mostly white folks to take up their tools at hand (whatever's in your purse, backpack, the trunk of your car), to do the ministry that is right in front of you. Embrace communities and people of color as your own. That is our beginning. Our next step

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Meow Meow Gay Gay

Following along a conversation about desire (and in the comments of course it turns to homosexual desire) that goes something like this: "Giving in to our urges/desires cannot be consistent with the Gospel. Resisting temptation is God's will for us."

And I guess that makes sense if one is tempted to evil, nasty things. And if one believes that homosexuality is an evil, nasty thing, then probably I'm not going to convince you.

But God sometimes surprises us when we pray for temptation to be removed. Sometimes God says, "Hey, go ahead and eat that cookie. I put it there for you."

So for instance, I have traditionally fed my cats dry kibble because it is good for their teeth to crunch on things, it keeps them leaner, it is cheaper for my budget--in short, it's healthier. But last week I

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Will I See You Tomorrow?

Thinking through 1 John 4:7-12...

In January I stayed with the Church of All Nations in Minneapolis, MN. CAN graciously offered me a little basement hideout where I could spend some weeks of vacation and study leave, living in community at the Chatham House with several other adults in their 30's. (Shut up. I could totally pass for my 30's.)

CAN has several community housing arrangements, including a residential seminary, some folks living in converted Sunday School classrooms at the church, and several other church members who have opened their homes to those who wish to live in community. Communal living is at the heart of