Sermon for 7/24/16: Ask the Pastor -- The Glorified Body

Psalm 126, Revelation 1:9-19; 19:11-16; 21:1-8; 22:16-21, Matthew 28:16-20

Naked Ladies of Cambria, 2016

Naked Ladies of Cambria, 2016

Suggested scripture readings are drawn from the alternative lectionary outlined in Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking (reference and public library).  The Matthew text is an addition.

In the sermon, I land on the idea of "change of position" as a bodily discipline of justice and healthy disruption to our spiritual and public lives.  While that's the point of the incarnation, that phrase is rooted in the work of Rev. William Barbour. The following video is his sermon at Wild Goose, 2014 where I first encountered him and his amazing liberation theology.  Please watch...totally life changing experience.  Nothing I say even approaches his power:

Sermon for 2/14/16: Take up your body and follow me

Mark 2:1-12

This week, we return to Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking following in the chapter, "Making it Real."

Lent Begins                                                                                                   Cambria 2016

Lent Begins                                                                                                   Cambria 2016

Question of the Week

My experience on Sunday tells me that the content on the sermon pushed some buttons in the congregation.  They weren't bad buttons: it's just that talking about bodies brings up a lot of stuff for people.  Did the sermon provoke in you a thought, an idea, a bodily reaction? Leave your answers here!!  

PS: This was a sermon that just brushed the tip of the iceberg for possible themes.  There were a million wrinkles and questions I couldn't address.  Again, leave these unaddressed thoughts here and continue the conversation.

The Purple Challenge

I issued a challenge to our congregation and now to you: we are taking photos of things we see in and around our lives that are purple to honor in a fun way and explore the liturgical color of the Lenten season. I start with the image of the tiny purple flower growing up at the edge of my driveway seen here. Join us and email your purple pics to or post on your Facebook page and tag Bethel Lutheran Church in Templeton.