Caring for Our Creation

I can’t imagine a more important moral issue for the future of our planet than the one that is literally threatening the future of our planet.  That so many of us would believe that it is OK to risk the future of our children is, frankly, insanity. And the church’s silence is deafening.

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Attention Crew

When it comes to the life of faith and understanding stewardship as a way of life, most of us want to have our cake and eat it, too.  We prefer a Christianity that doesn’t involve costly choices. We want Jesus the healer, Jesus the friend, Jesus the Savior—but not so much the Jesus that sometimes barges into our cabin and asks, “What Are You Doing??”

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Why Me?

A friend has recently written a book on grief.  He was a member of a former church and an accomplished sociologist.  I read it this week and was struck at the amount of prose he created to talk about grief.  And then, upon reflection, recognized that when we face the mystery of death and loss and when we confront the mystery of it, poetry is all that’s left to even try to make sense of it.  

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Blessing of the Animals

On Saturday, our church served as one of the hosts for Blessing of the Animals held this year at St. David’s Episcopal Church.  People from around the neighborhood came and brought their pets to be blessed.

I’ve been involved in many of these services over the years.  And my experience has been that the more rural the setting, the more exotic the animals.  In Giles County, we had not only dogs and cats and goldfish, but also horses, cows, pigs, donkeys, rabbits, ducks and even snakes.  Those were interesting services…

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Doing Something Right

Her name is Greta Thunberg.  She is 16 years old and is from Sweden.  I’m guessing you know her name because of what she has been doing for the last few years.  Greta is the face of Climate Change. She began a protest in Sweden two years ago that has now swelled to include millions of students and others around the world.

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The Store

I’m not a country music guy.  Nothing personal--there is a lot of country music I like (mostly from female country singers and writers).  I happen to be more of a jazz lover. But I have more reason today to appreciate one of Nashville’s brightest stars, Brad Paisley.

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Hurricane Dorian: How You Can Help

I have friends in the Bahamas. At a former church, we developed a relationship with an organization called Methodist Bahamas Habitat. It was led, at the time, by a young man I had known since he was a 7th grader, Abraham McIntire. Their mission was to help rebuild homes that had sustained storm damage—and in the Bahamas such damage was frequent. One of the lessons we learned there was that the roof we were repairing might not last a year. But what we were mostly doing was building relationships…

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Biscuits

 This was sent to me not long ago—I share it with a smile:

“A visiting priest was attending a men’s breakfast in Ohio farm country.  He asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say “grace” that morning.  After all were seated, the old farmer began--

‘Lord, I hate buttermilk.”  The priest opened one eye and wondered to himself where this prayer was going.

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Emilie Townes Preaching Sept 22

I am thrilled to tell you about a very special treat we have in store for you.  A few months ago I received a message from the folks at Vanderbilt Divinity School.  We have a special relationship with the Div School as five of us on the church staff graduated from there (Sam, Gracie, Steve, Greg and myself).  They were letting us know that the Div School was looking for ways to better connect with the churches in the area, and offered to have a faculty member come and teach a Sunday School class or perhaps to preach.

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The Least of These

“When did we see you in prison and not visit you?  Inasmuch as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it unto me.”  That’s what Jesus says in the powerful 25th chapter of Matthew. These words from Jesus have always carried extra weight because they came near the end of his life.

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