Category: Faith

Sermons, resources, conference recaps, book reviews, and reflections on faith

Do No Harm: The First Rule

What does it mean to be Berkeley Methodist United Church? The church part is obvious.  We believe in Jesus Christ and in the ideas he challenges us to live up to everyday.  Ideas like mercy, forgiveness, love, justice, and compassion.  “Berkeley” because our roots… Continue Reading “Do No Harm: The First Rule”

What If?…

What if? We have probably all asked that question at some time during the last five months.  It’s natural to wonder how things might have turned out if only we had done something different.  And not just during the pandemic.  What if you went… Continue Reading “What If?…”

What Really Matters

Once upon a time, there was a preacher.[1]  A real radical, hard-line, fundamentalist type.  An adult video store was opening up in town and he was determined to stop it.  He rallied the congregation.  He preached on the sins that would come from this… Continue Reading “What Really Matters”

Line Item Giving

If you love God, raise your hand. Nobody’s watching but the millions of people on Facebook, so go ahead.  If you love God, raise your hand.  Now, raise it a bit higher.  REALLY show the world that you love God!  So, why didn’t you… Continue Reading “Line Item Giving”

Same, Same But Different

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your… Continue Reading “Same, Same But Different”

A Single Word

The Washington Redskins are no more! The team still exists and the ownership hasn’t changed (too bad), but the name finally has!  And it only took about six decades.[1]  That’s how long it took for enough people to understand that word is offensive.  And… Continue Reading “A Single Word”

Life Is A Team Sport

Life is a team sport. Nobody does anything completely on their own.  We triumph or we fail in the midst of those who surround us.  We are made stronger or weaker by those who share the journey.  And those who stand up at the… Continue Reading “Life Is A Team Sport”

Happy Birthday, America?

What do you like to do on your birthday? Well, if you’re a little girl whose birthday happens to be in just a couple of days, you watch fireworks.  Cassie was born on July 7th and she told me that growing up, she imagined… Continue Reading “Happy Birthday, America?”

Fishing With Dad

What do you like doing with your dad? Growing up, fishing was our thing.  He would take me fishing a lot.  It was our father-son time together.  When I was little we did mostly lake fishing, but as I got older, he would take… Continue Reading “Fishing With Dad”

We Are the Church

One person is all it takes. One person with the coronavirus and people start dying.  Let me tell you the real-life story of Bob.[1]  Bob isn’t his real name, but the story is real.  Bob sat down to dinner one night with two family… Continue Reading “We Are the Church”