Thought Provoking Kindling: Jana Reiss' "6 Gifts of Aging, from Quaker writer Parker Palmer

Jana Reiss’ article, “6 Gifts of Aging, from Quaker writer Parker Palmer,” appears on the web site religionnews.com and is worth the read no matter your age. Her writing stems from her reading of Palmer’s recent book, “On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old,” as well as phone conversations with Palmer. Why I Read It I’m an adult orphan. My parent’s deaths opened a door to a thought I assumed I had securely locked. I’m getting older. At times when I’m around my children and my grandchildren, I experience a time warp. I’m my children and my parents are me. How did this come to be? Aging is an equal opportunist. The six gifts of aging Reiss highlights provide a touch of soo

What Didn't Make The Cut: From the sermon on Sunday - The Christ Window: Jeremiah

What Didn’t Make the Cut From The Sermon On Sunday July 15, 2018 A twenty-minute sermon necessitates that some ideas and quotes fall to the ground of the cutting room floor. Below are some of those which didn’t quite make it past the first round from this last Sunday. Sermon Theme: Your well-being (wholeness) is intertwined with the well-being of others. I began the sermon by showing a one-minute clip from a video of a scene from a figure eight car race. Brought back memories when I used to be involved in racing at a local level. From “Preaching God’s Transforming Justice” is a quote that resonated with me. “We learn that speaking from “the silenced” requires truth-telling testimonies of vi

What didnt make the cut: Incarceration

What Didn’t Make the Cut July 8, 2018 A twenty-minute sermon necessitates that some ideas and quotes fall to the ground of the cutting room floor. Below are some of those which didn’t quite make it past the first round from this last Sunday. My goal this past Sunday was to help us realize that our view of God, which is frequently tied to our view of and how we read the Bible, shapes us and society consciously and unconsciously. I chose to illustrate by examining the mass incarceration that is present today. Below our ideas and thoughts which didn’t make it into the sermon. * While the harsh Old Testament laws are frequently evoked to support a retributive ideology, harsher sentencing practic

What didnt make the cut: "When a win is a loss"

What Didn’t Make the Cut July 1, 2018 A twenty-minute sermon necessitates that some ideas and quotes fall to the ground of the cutting room floor. Below are some of those which didn’t quite make it past the first round from this last Sunday. I am an avid reader. It is a significant part of my profession and a hobby. I am pleased when an author shares an idea that stimulates a new way of looking at something or an idea for a sermon. Tom Krattenmaker in his book, “Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower: Finding Answers in Jesus For Those Who Don’t Believe,” presented me a seed that germinated within me and eventually grew into this last’s Sunday sermon. The text was Matthew 5:43, “Love your e

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