To be Reformed is About Belonging

What is your only comfort in life and in death? That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ… What does it mean to be Reformed? I fear that we haven’t done great P.R. of late, leading to some sobering definitions and associations withContinue reading “To be Reformed is About Belonging”

From Family Churches to Church Families

Churches love families. We have family nights, family worship, bring families up front and we have pictures of families on our websites and screens in churches. Churches ought to be a good place for families – a place to support families and strengthen them. In many of our churches, families are defined as the midContinue reading “From Family Churches to Church Families”

On Litmust Tests and a Fractured Witness

In my corner of the Bible Belt, nothing is discussed more than human sexuality. One’s views on human sexuality is the way that we have come to judge the sincerity of someone’s faith, the strength of their orthodoxy, and the commitment of their discipleship. This is what search committees ask potential pastors to separate theContinue reading “On Litmust Tests and a Fractured Witness”

When you can’t find the words

My calling is centered around language, as language is the way to communicate, to express. In my pastoral role, it is my charge to speak to the community and for the community — to express the experiences and life of the community and to help us all find meaning in our individual and shared experiences.Continue reading “When you can’t find the words”

I’m Guest Blogging Today!

The Rev. Angie Mabry-Nauta is a name that I had heard while in seminary and learning my way around the Reformed Church in America. Many of the people with whom I had connected with well were friends with her. It was a pleasure, then, when at last year’s General Synod (our denomination’s highest assembly) IContinue reading “I’m Guest Blogging Today!”