Biblical Inerrancy is relatively new and particularly bad theology. Kepler, Copernicus, and Galileo all began their work with the support, training, or even sponsorship of the church. As we reach out further and further into the Universe, it is time for us to get back to a faith that welcomes mystery and strives to find truth, rather than hide from it behind silly assertions and faithless Bibliolatry. Sermon preached by Corey on July 26th, 2015.
I truly believe and hope and pray that with progressively more enlightening, co-mingling, and blending of successive generations, we are experiencing the death throes of racism in this country. But this particular monster is very dangerous as it thrashes, gnashes and breathes fire to the last. People are dying. Others are pretending this is not happening — claiming crimes here and there are isolated events in which the race of the victim is incidental, or that a particular crime is simply the product of a lone, sick mind. Until science convinces us to eliminate the myth of race, I’d dearly love it if, at least among my circle of acquaintance and influence, we recognize that the monster of racism is still nurtured, stoked, and encouraged by many in our nation.
We cry out and pray for our sisters and brothers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the parents, spouses, siblings, children, and friends of the victims, the people of Charleston and South Carolina, and our country.
The prejudiced and the hate-filled are well aware of the power of faith communities committed to social justice. You can discount us, deride us, slander us, threaten us, bomb us, shoot us up… but we’re growing stronger every day, and we’re coming for you. And when we catch you, we are going to love and teach you right out of your ignorant, misdirected rage.
Life is a wide and wildly varied adventure when we approach it with openness to others and their experiences. Let’s continue to strive to make our faith community a safe and friendly gathering place where all may come and share their stories.
In this, the second part of our three part sermon series, we focus on welcoming and encouraging alternative outlooks and voices normally unheard in church settings, including a sermon on openness and inclusion written and originally delivered by the brilliant Rev. Annis F. Eastman, our beloved pastor from 1893-1895, and one of the earliest female pastors in our region.
So a storm hits on the Sea of Galilee and four seasoned mariners born and raised sailing that body of water wake up the carpenter to rescue them?!? Talk about your learned helplessness…
In honor of the fine 1993 movie Groundhog Day, WBCC has declared February Groundhog Month. Corey will be preaching a four-part sermon series on the interconnection of the self and the holy, focusing on self-worth, self-surrender, self-care, and self-awareness. This first sermon begins with a three minute audio clip from the movie.
Few things open up the Bible better than good, old-fashioned brain grease. I highly recommend serious study of the history of Biblical times, as well as training in the two primary languages of the Bible: Hebrew and Greek. It’ll get you thinking in wonderful new ways.
Here’s a quick example: The Greek word for worship is proskuneo, which is a fun term with which to play. Proskuneo, like many Greek words, is a compound word. It is made up of pros, meaning motion towards, and kuohn, which means dog. So worship = motion-towards-dog, where we are the dog approaching our beloved leader, and we have:
John 4:21-22: Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will motion-towards-dog the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You motion-towards-dog what you do not know; we motion-towards-dog what we know…
John 4:24: God is spirit, and those who motion-towards-dog God must motion-towards-dog God in spirit and truth. Continue reading “Motion-Towards-Dog”
“After a dozen years in parish ministry, I can tell you I am not interested in adding to the cultural noise…”
I initiated this blog with these words five full years ago. Today, after 17 years of parish ministry, they have never ringed truer for me.
This past Sunday (March 3, 2013), my first back from a reflective “stay-cation,” I preached a fairly long sermon titled “Maintain I Contact” which has garnered more response than any in recent memory. In the sermon, I spoke of noise, the incessant commercially and politically motivated promotion of anxiety, and an antidote to our “hamster wheel” existence. Continue reading “The Hamster Wheel”
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord, from this time on and for evermore. – Psalm 131
Jumping into political discourse these days is a lot like painting the eaves of your house. You think you’ve got it all under control (if I can re-e-e-e-each out just a little bit mo-o-o-o-re), when suddenly you realize you are contorting yourself and over-extending beyond your center of gravity, reaching out into thin air high above the ground and far beyond what’s safe and reasonable. Continue reading “Guns, Sex, Religion, 4th & Goal, Healthcare Reform”
Meet Alice and Lola, who are here to explain in great depth and all seriousness my theology and ministerial philosophy as pastor of the altogether splendid West Bloomfield (N.Y.) United Church of Christ.
Guinea pigs are sweet, unassuming critters who have a preposterous way of showing delight: they popcorn. When they are really happy, they will repeatedly, spontaneously hop and turn. Watching a guinea pig popcorn is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Continue reading “Weed Theology”