Tag: gender

burning bush

Seeing (Unsandaled)

God said, “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.” -from Exodus 3 “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.” ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning What separates you, Friends, from experiencing God’s presence? What…

Unexpected Revolution

Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” -from Matthew 20 When we talk about the…

Leading Ladies

{As published in the Wilmington News Journal on July 18th, 2014} There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:28 Israel once had a wise ruler. This judge sat in the hill country of Ephraim, and Israelites…

Equality

The whole church – not this one branch, or that one congregation, but every single person identified with this movement – was sitting in a house. Waiting on… something. And then the Spirit came down, like a tornado inside the house. The sound alone was frightening enough, but the fire literally topped it off. One flame, then it blew into…

Woman At The Well

Last week, as I hope you remember if you were here, the Gospel story was Nicodemus meeting Jesus under the cover of darkness. I used the children’s message to talk about being born again, because that’s what Jesus tells Nicodemus. Nicodemus comes to Jesus acknowledging that Jesus is a great leader with divine authority and power, and Jesus’ response? “Very…