Tuesday, June 08, 2010

This Blog Has Moved

This blog is discontinued, and my new blog is here:

Monday, May 10, 2010

This will make you think

There's a bit of profanity in here, but it's raw and it's real and it's worth thinking about.

Monday, February 22, 2010

What I'm Giving Up For Lent

I've never given up anything for Lent before. If you don't know, Lent is the time of year leading up to Easter. Many Christians will give up something for Lent. Christian or not, we should all be glad for Lent because without Lent there would be no Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is the 'last hurrah' before Lent, the last celebration before the fasting of Lent. Lent itself is supposed to be spent fasting just as Jesus spent forty days fasting in the bible. Now, the purpose of fasting is to help us focus on God. Whenever you think of whatever you are fasting from, you are to instead think about God. So, really, the purpose of Lenten fasting is to make us think about God more. Frankly, that's not something I ever thought I needed help with. I figured I thought about God plenty, so why bother? Well, this year I decided to give it a shot. Here's my Lenten discipline.

Our current sermon series is called The Wall. Each week I'm preaching on a different wall that we put up to hide the things we've done wrong. We think that if people see our sins, the things we've done wrong, then they won't love us. The problem is that if parts of us are hidden behind walls, then people never see the real us. They may like or even love who they think we are, but that's not who we really are. We put that wall up so people will love us, but it actually prevents them from loving us because they don't know us. And it prevents God from reaching us. Then we think God's gone missing, but really we're the ones who've gone missing, hiding behind a wall of shame and guilt. Each week I'm talking about a different wall God has broken through in the bible, and what God may be doing in each of our lives to break through the walls we put up.

My discipline is that the only music I'm listening to during Lent is The Wall by Pink Floyd. That's it. No radio. No other CD's. I'm still doing AM talk radio, but no other music. I am giving up all other music for Lent.

Funny thing is, it's working. Every time I listen to The Wall, I think about these sermons, and about my relationship with God and the walls I'm putting up. It's an odd thing to give up, I know, but it's really cool. So far, anyway. I have a feeling that by early April I'm going to want to stuff a sock down Roger Waters throat. But for right now, it's working, and I'm glad I'm doing it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Why Does God Love Us?

This is as good an answer as you're going to get. It may be meant sarcastically (it may not), but I think it's true.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Earthquake Relief

The earthquake in Haiti has been catastrophic. Immediate assistance is needed. The River is part of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) which has a Disaster Response unit already on the scene in Haiti. To read about what they are doing, click here. To donate online, click here. 100% of your contribution will go directly to aiding victims. My wife and I are giving, and we hope you will too.

Today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution described this scene: "Those gathering ouside tents, on lawn chairs, sitting in the middle of empty streets, sang their hymns. One phrase in Creole could be heard repeatedly both inside and outside the hospital walls, as if those voicing the words were trying to make sense of the madness around them. 'Beni Swa Leternel,' they sang. 'Blessed be the Lord.'"

The people of Haiti are counting on God. And God is counting on you.

Thank you for your prayers, your gift, and your partnership.

-Pastor Scott

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Email Meditations

I've been getting email meditations from Richard Rohr for a few months now, and every day they astound me. They are deep and thought provoking in a way that is still comforting. You can't link to them, they're only available via email, but if you don't like them unsubscribing takes two seconds. I highly recommend them!

Click here

Monday, January 04, 2010

Vacation Brain

I'm back after a week of vacation and my brain has gone to mush. It's like the time before Christmas was another life. I can't remember what I scheduled or why. I can't remember who I talked to or what they said. While I was away I spent a lot of time in my mother-in-laws hot tub, maybe it fried my brain. Or maybe those two glasses of champagne on New Years did more than I thought. Regardless, I have a major case of vacation brain. It's weird having all this energy and not knowing what to do with it. Maybe this is how a puppy feels. I think I'll try gnawing on the sofa, see if my brain comes back. If not, and you see it, please let me know. Thanks.