Thanksgiving is a time of looking back and giving thanks to God. Advent is a time of looking forward and living into God's promised future. Below, I did a video on Advent and Thanksgiving in light of the recent shooting at an LGBTQ bar in Colorado Springs. https://youtu.be/pwnUqiZh-ic
The church needs to be a truthteller, which means the church is willing to speak the truth even if it means attacking sacred cows that people like.
Why does Pentecost matter to us? Why do we celebrate it every year? Why does the Spirit coming like a wind matter?
We “church shop” just like we are buying cars. As I said, this doesn’t work well when it comes to finding a faith community, but this is how most people determine which church they are going to join.
One of the biggest gifts Mainline Protestantism has given to many people is the work of inclusion. But are there limits to inclusion?