Sermons in Unlikely Places: This is Water

Weekends are great aren’t they? Who doesn’t love a brief break to catch your breath, spend time with family or work on that project your day job keeps you from?  I love weekends! For many of us weekends also involve some kind of religious service.  When done well these services can serve as the highlight of the weekend.  Good […]

5 Songs I Would Love To Sing In Church

Growing up in church I can remember being taught the difference between sacred and secular music.  Sacred music was for worship and should be listened to whenever possible because it was “edifying.” Secular music was to be viewed with caution and was only really good at sporting events because “We Will Rock You” just works […]

A Defense of the Sad Christmas Song

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is one of my favorite Christmas songs.  Whenever I say that I tend to get strange looks because it is not a very cheerful song. Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow after a period of devastating loss, with the Civil War as a backdrop, it cries for peace in […]

Advent: Love ain’t easy

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life…Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 3:16, 15:13 “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have […]

Advent: Hope

The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,that the blind will see,that […]