Is First Christian a progressive congregation? The answer is complex.
Sitting on the sidelines and calling potshots might be safe, but it can also keep unjust people or systems in power.
As a kid, I sometimes wondered if heaven existed. Since I couldn't see anything, did it really exist? I don't know if there were other nine-year-olds who were having existential thoughts, but I was. How do we believe something we can't see? But then there were those moments when something would happen that gave me... Continue Reading →
When I was in journalism class in high school, I remember seeing a poster in the teacher's classroom that caught my attention. It was one of those posters that shows something like a big sky or the stars at night. At the bottom of the poster were these words: "God Is A Concept." I really... Continue Reading →
I preached this on the Fourth Sunday of Easter in 2008, which is also called Good Shepherd Sunday. Acts 2:42-47, John 10:1-10 April 13, 2008 (Good Shepherd Sunday) Lake Harriet Christian Church Minneapolis, MN I'll admit it; I'm a geek. Some of you know I wrote the main article in this month's church newsletter. It's... Continue Reading →
Luke 24:13-35 Third Sunday of Easter May 4, 2014 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while the leader was describing the change which God works... Continue Reading →
I'm not saying that pastor and other church leaders should not be paid. What I am saying is that in many cases, we aren't so willing to take a step of faith, in planting churches and in the funding of church plants and planters.
This past weekend, I was in Orlando, Florida for the funeral of an uncle. My Uncle David was the youngest of my mother's siblings dying at the age of sixty. Diabetes took it's toll on David's body and finally that body gave out. David leaves behind a grieving widow and five children, three of which... Continue Reading →
There's a story in the lore of First Christian Church-Minneapolis that involves one Dr. George Haggard. Dr. Haggard was already pretty advanced in years when the story begins, but his spirit was still young. What was then Portland Avenue Church of Christ (we became First Christian Church-again-in 1955) was thinking about building a new church... Continue Reading →