Sermons and Posts

Ruby Payne and the Art of the Cold Reading

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Payne's table resonates because it's the sociological equivalent of cold reading.
A Version of Ruby Payne's Cultural Table

Be the Church: Enjoy This Life

Monday, August 10, 2020
A few years ago, I was applying for jobs. I had about twelve years of experience as a fundraiser. I had managed annual funds and asked for major gifts and run planned giving efforts. I was a Certified Fund Raising Executive. I was shiny and promising and looked good on paper. So I sent out […]

Be the Church: Love God

Monday, August 03, 2020
Being a Christian is like joining the Peace Corps. It gives so much. And it asks a lot: all of our hearts and all of our souls and all of our might.

Be the Church: Embrace Diversity

Monday, July 27, 2020
We are called to be reckless in our welcome. We are called to be extravagant in our celebration. We are called to be warm in our embrace.

Privilege Is Always Being Able to Avoid the Things That Offend You

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
It is all but impossible for every Black person to avoid every monument to the people who fought to keep their ancestors in slavery.

Be the Church: Share Earthly and Spiritual Resources

Monday, July 20, 2020
Christ lives in the world, in every pleading face and outstretched hand, asking us to believe that there is enough and more than enough.
The Butterfly Garden by cmarlinwarfield

No One is Blaming You for Slavery

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
No one is putting the blame for slavery on white people who are alive today. Instead, people are asking us to acknowledge that we benefit from inequality.

Be the Church: Fight for the Powerless

Monday, July 13, 2020
Loose the bonds of injustice, undo the thongs of the yoke, and let the oppressed go free; then your light will break forth. Fight for the powerlesshen you will be holy.

Be the Church: Reject Racism

Monday, July 06, 2020
Now I am going to say something bold and controversial: one of the foundations that this country was built on is racism. Straight up. No doubt.

Be the Church: Forgive Often

Monday, June 29, 2020
All of us long to get rid of our guilt and our shame. All of us long for forgiveness. And all of us long for others to rush to forgive us.
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I’m a pastor, an author, and a nonprofit development and communications professional. My passion, my mission, and my calling is bringing people together to do good, with a particular focus on serving people who are experiencing poverty and other forms of marginalization.

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