Oct 06

Your Church Is Too Small



I have good news for you this morning: your church is too small. Your church is too small! Now, I imagine you’ve heard that before, and I’m willing to bet that the last time you heard it, it didn’t sound like good news. Maybe you heard it in a meeting with the district superintendent: I’m sorry, she said, but your church is too small to support a full-time pastor. I’m sorry, but you’re too small to be on your own anymore.

Or maybe you heard it from a visitor one Sunday morning: I love your church, he said. The people here are friendly, and you obviously love to be together for worship. I wish I could stick around, but your church is too small. I’m looking for something bigger.

Or maybe you have found yourself saying it in at church council one night: It would be nice, you said, if we could do more for our community, but we’re just too small. We don’t have the resources.

“Your church is too small.” It doesn’t sound like good news, but today, on World Communion Sunday, at this Community Worship Service, it is the gospel, the good news, we need to hear. Your church is too small, but Christ’s church—ahh, that’s a different story entirely. Continue reading

Oct 05

Divorce Church



Divorce is a difficult topic in our modern era. All of us know someone who is divorced. Most of us probably know someone whose divorce ended a painful or even abusive marriage. And it is telling that so much energy is spent fighting over gay marriage, on which Jesus never said a word—on which Jesus couldn’t have possibly said a word—and so little attention given to divorce, on which Jesus speaks very clearly. It might be helpful to remember, though, that speaking against divorce in Jesus’ day was no easier than it is in our own; John the Baptist, after all, was executed for criticizing the divorces and remarriages of King Herod’s family. Continue reading