#Kellyonmymind, the Bible, and Capital Punishment

Kelly GissbenderToday is a sad day because one of God’s children, one of God’s beloved, has been executed by the state of Georgia. Capital Punishment is nothing new of course; Jesus was executed by the empire, the prevailing kingdom of the day. Kelly Gissendaner’s story was unique in that is was not her crime that was in question, it was what happened to her while prison that brought her such a passionate following.

I had the privilege of spending a year while in seminary as a chaplain at Metro State Prison, Continue reading “#Kellyonmymind, the Bible, and Capital Punishment”

From Danny- Practicing Sabbath

This weekend, I am eager to begin a new five part series, Reset. Every now and then we need an opportunity to take a step back and see the big picture. We need the chance to reorient and reset view to what is most important. As we move into Fall, this is an excellent time to do just that. Over the course of five weeks, we will examine what a life rooted in the reality of God looks like. Paul, in his letter to the church at Ephesus, called this being rooted and grounded in the love of God.

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Between Memory and Hope- Sermon Text from the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

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Between Memory and Hope

On this day of remembrance I offer the text of the sermon I preached at Carmel Christian Church in Carmel, Indiana on September 11, 2011. 

Chances are good that no one will forget where you were on September 11, 2001 around 8:45 AM Eastern Time.

Take a moment, just about 30 seconds or so and turn to someone and tell them where you were, what you were feeling

I was at work, at the CareerBuilder.com office in North Atlanta. I had settled into my cubicle, returned email from the previous day and began to prepare for several appointments that I had scheduled for that day, when all of a sudden, people came running into the sales area of the building, telling us to come to the break room, to see what was happening in New York City. We had this break room in our office that held a foosball table, air hockey table and a big screen television. We had about 50 people crammed into this break room, watching what was going on, smoke billowing out of the towers

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As God Has Welcomed Us

I had a recent conversation with a clergy friend about celebration. He was lamenting that in the church we don’t celebrate enough. I agree with him. As God’s people and followers of Jesus we have much to celebrate. This weekend, Sandy Springs Christian Church will celebrate our 55th Anniversary as a church. We are extremely fortunate to have Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. She will be us for both Real People, Real Faith on Friday and Saturday and will be preaching at our combined Anniversary Sunday service at 10 AM on Sunday. Make sure to stay for lunch following the service.

It may seem like 55 years is a long time, but we are just getting started. When our church was being planted in what was then rural north Atlanta, there were three main considerations of practice with which they wrestled: Continue reading “As God Has Welcomed Us”

The One Thing That Really Bothers Me About Kim Davis

One could see this was coming. When the SCOTUS ruled that same sex marriage was legal in all 50 states, we knew that someone, somewhere would refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. We know now that it isKim Davis, in Rowan County, Kentucky. There has been a lot of really good stuff written about this development.There has been some not so good stuff written, especially by people who have personally attacked Kim Davis with insults that are inappropriate at best and in many cases downright mean.

So, here’s the one thing that has really been bothering me about Kim Davis. In almost every major news article written, the word Christians has been used way too often to describe her supporters and those who believe that she is doing the right thing. Too many articles and interviews have painted opposition to same sex marriage as a universal belief of all Christians, that somehow same sex marriage is an affront to all Christians. True, some do have this belief, but it is by no means a universal view held by Christians, and many would argue its a small but vocal minority that hold this view. Continue reading “The One Thing That Really Bothers Me About Kim Davis”