Thursday, December 30, 2010

Why are you here?

(This sermon was preached Christmas Eve 2010 at Messiah Lutheran Church, Knoxville, TN) 

Why are you here tonight?

What brings you to 6900 Kingston Pike and Messiah Lutheran Church?

Are you here out of habit? Going to church on Christmas Eve is…just what you do? Are you here out of some obligation…to your spouse or child or grandchild…or, because your parents made you come…or because it’s what your family does, your family always goes to church on Christmas Eve?

Why are you here?

Maybe you’re here because you want to be here. You’re here because Christmas is exactly what it says it is, the Mass of Christ, that time we set aside to worship Christ, the Son of God at his birth?    

Or, maybe it’s some sort of combination of habit and obligation and desire to worship.

Or, is it mostly because you’re genuinely looking for something?


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Donate Now and Double Your Money and Impact

From the ELCA World Hunger Appeal:
Give now and double your gift to ELCA World Hunger.  Generous friends of ELCA World Hunger have joined forces to create a pool of matching funds to double your gift--dollar for dollar.  Between now and December 31, all gifts from individuals will be automatically matched, up to $250,000.  Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity!
Your gifts are urgently needed to support our church's response to the root causes of hunger and poverty. Donations to ELCA World Hunger support relief and development projects in over 50 countries worldwide, including hundreds of anti-hunger ministries in the United States. Visit to learn more.
Between now and December 31, all gifts from individuals will be automatically matched, up to $250,000. Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity now! 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Fo Shizzle

My 11-year-old daughter and I were riding around in the car the other day.  We were talking about something, what I can’t quite remember. Although at some point, the conversation went like this:
My daughter:  Dad, you've got to say, “fo shizzle!” 
Me:  Uh, I’m 46 years old. They say once you’re past like 28, you’re not cool anymore. So, clearly I’m not cool enough to say “fo shizzle.” 
My daughter:  But you’re a pastor. 
Me:  [?] Wait a minute…Are you saying pastors are cool? 
My daughter:  Yep. 
Me:  [Yes!]