Living a Life of Forgiveness

As we finish up our final week of the four-week preaching series, focusing on forgiveness and fresh starts, I am reflecting on how part of living a life of forgiveness is openness to trying new ways of showing up. The gospel text for this weekend is Matthew 21:23-32. where Jesus shares a parable of two sons responding to their father's request to go work in his vineyard. It is the one who "changed his mind" and changed his ways that does the work of the father. Changing one's mind and actions- repentance- is living and showing up in a new and different way. This is the invitation of living a life of forgiveness. We get to keep on making fresh starts and let in God's forgiveness. Part of

The Unfair Math of God's Grace

“That’s not fair.” Remembering what it was like to parent younger children, I heard that phrase regularly. As they got older it wasn’t always that direct, but implied as the counting and competing for time, resources, and my energy would be calculated by one teenager or young adult or the other. This weekend we hear the parable in Matthew 20:1-16 of “the workers in the vineyard” or “the generous landowner” or as one biblical theologian suggests in this reflection “The New Math of the Kingdom of God” . What is fair? Who is deserving ? What is the kingdom of God like? As we continue our September preaching series on forgiveness, this weekend we will build upon the two previous weeks. Movin

Unplugged

"The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time"- James Taylor Years and years ago I got to hear James Taylor in concert. When he sang this song that one line; "The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time" hit a chord. I was always looking for what would come next.... over the decades this song often comes to mind for me as a reminder to slow down and be in the now moment. When you read this I will be "enjoying the passage of time" down in the San Luis Valley where my beloved Dan grew up and learned to live a much slower paced life than my Los Angeles area growing up. As we focus this coming weekend on Forgiveness - Part 2- forgiving one another I invite you to let time take time

Focusing on Forgiveness

An Invitation: to focus on forgiveness in the month of September. It feels like fall in the air. As we head into a new season, I will be doing a four week preaching series on Forgiveness starting this Labor Day weekend September 5-6, 2020. I want to extend to you an invitation to join me all month long in a holy curiosity regarding forgiveness. And then also invite you into practices. Several years ago we had a summer book study on The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu. In the introduction they write; “In our own ways, we are all broken. Out of that brokenness, we hurt others. Forgiveness is the journey we take toward healing the broken parts. It is how we become whole again.”

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