Marble in this Moment
Posted on November 28, 2016

Many are asking at this moment, “What will Marble do in response to the recent presidential election?” Since we serve a broad constituency at our church, that question is being posed from persons who were displeased with the outcome and also from people who were encouraged by it. “What will we do to combat a hostile takeover by the far right?,” some are asking. Others are asking with the same passion, “What will we do to give our newly elected President a fair chance and to support the American process?” All the persons asking those questions are valued, as is their freedom to believe in distinctively individual ways.

Posted on November 21, 2016

I write this on Thursday of election week. Two evenings ago most people were surprised by numerous outcomes, both presidential and others. Some were pleasantly surprised, others disappointedly so, but most had not anticipated what transpired.

The Divine WHY?
Posted on November 14, 2016

When tragedies of significant proportion occur, I usually respond with a sermon about “Theodicy.” Theodicy is simply the study of why, in a world governed by a good God, bad things take place. In those sermons I almost always say: “The question is not Why?’ “Why did this bad thing happen?” “Why did good people suffer?” I always remind you that even if we could answer the question “Why?,” it wouldn’t change a thing. The bad event still occurred, and the good people still were burdened and battered by it. The question, I always contend, is What? “What is our response to this event?” “What actions can we take to help those who suffer?” “What can we learn from it?” “What do we believe about a God who comes to us in our suffering, giving us comfort and courage?”

Mount of Transfiguration
Posted on November 7, 2016

I was thinking recently about Jesus’ experience on the Mount of the Transfiguration. It’s a fascinating story, whether or not we read it on Transfiguration Sunday. In fact, the reason I was thinking about it was that I plan to preach on it in the very near future (way before Transfiguration Sunday arrives).