Month: October 2019

Years ago, my mom gave Mariah a Peruvian nativity set. You can tell that it’s Peruvian because of how the figures are dressed, and because one of them is playing a flute, and because there are llamas. And we set it up. And because we’re lazy about Christmas decorations, it stayed up. Hildegard’s favorite game is fetch, which she likes to play with a stuffed squeaky slipper. And, sometimes, when you’re throwing a stuffed squeaky slipper around the house and there’s a Peruvian nativity set on an end table… the slipper hits the nativity set and a llama falls…
Sunday sermon preview: Sometimes, things fall apart. Sometimes, things get broken. Sometimes, that’s okay. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Way back last December, on the first Sunday of Advent, I gave a sermon about hope. I’m sure you remember it. In that sermon, I quoted a line from Ghostbusters. It was just a little throwaway reference. It was just a little Easter Egg. I said, “dogs and cats… living together… mass hysteria!” And when I said that—in that tiny moment when I raised my voice little bit and said, “mass hysteria!”—someone, some kid, shouted, “Yay!” Because sometimes, you just gotta shout. I grew up in the First Congregational United Church of Christ, in Platteville, Wisconsin. I grew up…
Sunday sermon preview: I was taught to sit still and stay quiet. But, sometimes, you just gotta dance. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
There’s a beautiful song by an artist named Gwyneth Glyn. It’s in another language, but the title, in English, is Home. She sings about the things people have said about home… …and all of the places she’s been all around the world… …and how her home is her haven and her homeland her world… …and how she’s still lost, without a map, or a sign, or a rough guide for the journey. And the chorus goes like this: “There’s no place like home,” is what they told me There’s no place like home, no. But home… is very much…
Sunday sermon preview: Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
It was all supposed to be so simple. On my first or second Sunday here, I said to you that I had a plan. It was one of those plans that you read about in books about how to be a good pastor. I was going to call around and make appointments; I was going to come to your home, or take you out for coffee, or whatever. I was my big plan to meet each and every one of you. And I tried. I made some calls and left some messages and waited to hear back. And then…
Sunday sermon preview: If communion sounds crazy and complicated, well… aren’t all big family meals? Facebook Twitter Buffer…
This is a reprint of my column from the October 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. There’s a video on YouTube where musician Jacob Collier explains the concept of harmony (the way that different notes go together) at five different levels. He explains it to a child, a teenager, a college music student, a professional musician, and, finally, to jazz and funk legend Herbie Hancock. And as you can imagine, those explanations build on each other a little bit, but they are very different from each other. I like this video because it illustrates a very simple…
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check is out here! And a reminder that the due date for the next Carillon Notes is October 22, 2019. Facebook Twitter Buffer…

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