A Side of God We Often Do Not Want to See

A Side of God We Really Don’t Want to See: Exodus 33:12-23  a sermon preached at The Federated Church, Weatherford, OK In all human relationships– with our spouses, our children, our friends—there are ebbs and flows, aren’t there? There are days when we wonder why in the world we ever got married, had kids or
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Why Do I Support Marriage Equality?

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It’s been a big couple of weeks in the movement of marriage equality in the United States. These are the times we’re living in: Supreme Court’s ruling to refusal to hear appeals from several states– making a way last week for same-sex unions to begin Oklahoma, Virginia, Utah, Indiana and Wisconsin Vatican using the word “gay”
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Confessions of a Former Evangelical

When I was growing up in the Southern Baptist Church, I learned the Christian life was about these things: Praying a lot. Reading our Bibles every morning. Coming to church as often as we could. And of course tithing 10% of your income back to the offering plate. I don’t think my faith is could
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Things Are Not As They Seem

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When people observe your life from afar, it’s real easy to make assumptions. Social media helps us with this. We don’t actually have to “know” people in real life to be Facebook friends or to have a Twitter relationship. And we can all comment . . . on everything. The culture of “Christmas (brag) letters”
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A Life of Broken Pieces

“This is not the life I’d want!” It’s a declaration I hear often as a pastor. It’s something I’ve said about my own life too. Living the life you don’t want to have IS scary place to be. It so difficult to even utter aloud. It’s dark. It’s lonely. And it’s the time that many of our  friends
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God’s Kind of Table

I’ve heard it said countless times that everything you need to know about workplace or a school comes when you see who sits with whom at what lunch table. And it’s true. When you think about it, whom we dine with or choose not to dine with—is often one of the biggest indicators of our
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Why Do I Lead Interfaith Weddings?

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This week’s installment of the Preacher on the Plaza began like this: Women sat dressed in their brightest and most colorful attire. Sounds of ancient Indian melodic tunes echoed between the walls. A fragrance of fresh cut rose pedals sweetened the air. I quickly knew this would be no ordinary afternoon, for me. Large portions
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What’s Next? When God Seems Far Away

A Sermon about Exodus 17:1-7 preached at The Federated Church, Weatherford, OK Do you remember the last time you were really thirsty? Parched mouth? Dry tongue? Dreaming of water flowing from a faucet? In our water bottle, water fountain and Sonic on every corner culture, it’s unheard of that any of us would ever “die
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