Reformation Day

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Yesterday was Halloween, but it was also Reformation Day, recognizing church reformer Martin Luther nailing his ‘rant’ on a church door long before Facebook (click here)

His bold move set in motion the reformation of the church that continues until Christ returns: Ecclesia reformata-semper reformanda (the church reformed, always reforming.) When Luther spoke out against a church that was falling into corruption and ceasing to be the Bride she was intended, he risked a lot! History records that when brought before the church authorities and faced with excommunication he was asked to recant but he refused saying; “I stand convicted (convinced) by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God’s word. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to act against our conscience is neither safe for us, nor open to us. On this I take my stand, I can do no other. God help me.”

As a United Methodist pastor I have been very careful not to abuse the power of my pulpit to influence people’s vote. And so I have not spoken when I should have. It is exactly one week before Election Day in an election year like no other (and not in a good way!) Maybe it is too late, but I cannot be silent any longer. On this I take my stand, I can do no other. God help me.     Continue reading “Reformation Day”

And so it begins…

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I pray that this is the beginning of a beautiful journey amidst the sacred and secular. A discovery of the ‘both/and’ of God (and of life.)

Maybe it’s just me, but there seems to be an autocorrect feature in my brain. When I say to myself, “I think I’ll fast today,” it pipes up; “Did you mean you want a slice of pizza?”  When I say, “I’m going to spend a few hours writing.” it responds; “Did you mean you want to watch a movie?” Adult onset Attention Deficit Disorder.  And so I am thankful for a week of time away from my busy church life to immerse myself into the quietly riotous season called Autumn.  Continue reading “And so it begins…”