Woe to the Shepherds

The Old Testament lesson from the lectionary this week is from Jeremiah 23:1-6. In the first two verses, God gives a stern "Woe" to Judah's leaders, accusing them of driving God's flock away. The former shepherds in question are the kings of Judah who have failed to protect the flock. In the previous chapters, Jeremiah…

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If I’m Being Honest…

I have been doing a lot of thinking about why the election has upset me so much. Through a lot of introspection, I have devised a list of things that are not the cause. The evangelical vote doesn't upset me. The difference between the popular vote and the electoral college doesn't upset me. The partisan rhetoric before,…

Putting God in Our Hands

Rachel Held Evans was a joy to listen to last Friday evening. She read several excerpts from her book, Searching For Sunday, and spoke specifically on what she likes to call "keeping the Church weird." She gives this message in response to the common question, "Why are millennials leaving the church?" She smartly recognizes that our generation…

Climbing Trees

This week's gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary comes from Luke 19. Those of us with the unique pleasure of attending a Vacation Bible School will immediately start singing the song. "Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he!" Geez! Can you imagine if Zacchaeus was around to hear this song?…

One lonely island

Growing up, I remember when I first found the musical stylings of Simon and Garfunkel. Their sound, though certainly not new, was fresh to me. It was a nice break from the monotonous pop beats and the uni-themed country lyrics. I remember one song that resonated deeply with me. A lonely teenager with family issues…