Faith, Love and Autism

A recent post by Methodist pastor Chad Holtz got me thinking again about feelings and faith.   As a kid, I was always nervous when it came to my being a Christian.  I grew up in evangelical and Black Protestant churches where there was a lot of emphasis placed on emotions.  I didn’t understand it then, but I was having to deal with being autistic and understanding my faith.  Because so much was placed on how one felt, I was always wondering if I really did believe.  I didn’t always feel anything.  I knew certain things.  I knew Jesus died … Continue reading Faith, Love and Autism

Sermon: “Waiting to Exhale”

Here’s a sermon I preached in 2007 on Pentecost Sunday.

“Waiting to Exhale”
Act 2:1-21
May 27, 2007 (Pentecost Sunday)
Lake Harriet Christian Church
Minneapolis, MN

 

When I was about two years old, I was diagnosed with asthma.  From about age two until maybe age 9, I dealt with constant asthma attacks where I had hard time breathing.  I can remember sitting in the doctor’s office of Dr. Cory Cookingham, who was my allergy and asthma doctor, who would sometimes have to give me a shot of adrenalin to open up my constricted lungs.  More than once he worried if this didn’t work, that the hospital would be the next stop.

Growing up as a kid with asthma was not fun in the early 70s.  I still had a pretty full childhood, but there were things I was limited in doing.  My made sure all the schools I attended were clean and not dusty so as not to trigger an attack.  I remember when I was very young, not playing outdoors again for fear of an attack.

As I got older the spectre of asthma grew smaller.  I was able to play outdoors and have fun, no longer fearful for another attack.  In fact I went without an asthma attack for eight years until the summer I graduated high school.  I still have attacks few and far between, but I do carry an inhaler just in case. Continue reading “Sermon: “Waiting to Exhale””

Sunday Sermon: “Keep Calm and Carry On”

“Keep Calm and Carry On” Mark 13:1-8 and Hebrews 10:11-18 Twenty Fifth Sunday of Pentecost November 18, 2012 First Christian Church Minneapolis, MN I can remember that afternoon very clearly.  It was a rainy Sunday and I was taking a nap after church.  It was then we heard the sirens go on.  We turned on the radio and heard about a funnel cloud being sited not too far from our house.  I peeked through the window to see the trees in the neighborhood being whipped back and forth in the high winds.  I ran back towards the bedroom telling my … Continue reading Sunday Sermon: “Keep Calm and Carry On”