Something new has started. People have asked, “What’s next?” Our congregation is in the middle of its New Beginnings process and we’ve been challenged by the Future Story put together by the team the church blessed for this task. Why bother with all this? It is a different day today than it was even five … More The Family that Prays Together . . .
A day like May 1st reminded me why I’m here. It had been a long weekend, with Regional Assembly on the other side of our state on Saturday and much travel, only to be put together Sunday for worship at the church. I thought I was now finally renewed after the prior night’s rest, but … More Mondays at the Soup Kitchen–the Right Place at the Right Time
Sometimes, we don’t know what we’re doing. And sometimes, we don’t realize the extraordinary holiness of a moment in time. And then, sometimes, we do. I received two text messages on Sunday morning before church. Two of three brothers reached out to me to make sure I knew their mother was struggling that day. … More Going to See the King: Remembering Eleanor Kuss
Isaiah 58:1-12 (NRSV) Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not … More Ash Wednesday Sermon Preached at Noon SouthPark Christian Church Service 2017
The work has begun. Work is being done on the offices, the choir room, the vents, and the air conditioning system. It will be a few weeks of exile, as we relocate our offices temporarily. What work is being done? A new air conditioning system is being installed in the back of the sanctuary, complete … More The View from the Third Floor . . .
Many years ago, (twenty? twenty-five?) I went with my friend Gary to his new church in Chicago. He was super excited about it and he wanted me to experience it with him, because I was the one who encouraged him to find it. He had a long and difficult relationship with the church, and he … More Gratitude, Years in the Making
Dear God, Sure seems like we have been spending lots of time together lately . . . So much sickness, struggles, turmoil and unrest has spilled into our lives. Even our own city and sometimes our own neighborhoods have been affected. I know that it’s all in your plan and I trust in you … More Teresa Norville’s Conversation with God at Robby Robertson’s Memorial Service
A number of months ago, a girl (about eleven years old) found acceptance. She is a girl with some struggles and some challenges. It isn’t always easy for her. But, for a week, she found acceptance. During that same week, a boy had his first conversation with God, as he understood it. Another girl entered … More When a BBQ isn’t “Just a BBQ”
Our challenges haven’t left with the curfew or the National Guard. Challenges that have always existed have only become more obvious from the recent events happening in our city. Our city has had a disparity between rich and poor, between black and white, for more years than any of us has been alive. We just did a really great job of glossing over it and pretending the gloss was the reality. … More While You Weren’t Away . . .
Over time, we’ve developed a way of communicating that works. I’m talking about the interactions between the Montagnard communities at First Christian Church and the church members who were here before those groups came to us. We get invited to gatherings, to the birthday celebrations, to the wedding feasts, to the special events of … More Same-Same