What do you say when you dedicate a baby?

What do you say when you dedicate a baby?

What do you say when you dedicate a baby? Or baptize one, depending on your tradition? What might God be trying to say through that ceremony? What passages of scripture might be appropriate to share? I was asked to do a baby dedication recently and was thinking...
Knowing the city… and its workers

Knowing the city… and its workers

Government workers know their city better than most pastors do. People move into community positions because they want to help their neighborhoods. There are often a lot of difficulties, but there are also opportunities for positive contribution. So if you are a...
The role of authority and position

The role of authority and position

Romans 13:1 reads: Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.  But you know what I find really interesting? Romans was– almost certainly– written...
Opportunity or obstacle?

Opportunity or obstacle?

Sometimes we take a look at a particular neighborhood or subculture and we think it’s really bad… and it may be. But how might God want to redeem or use that area? How can we take the energy we feel and use it constructively? God may very well be at work there. Let’s...
The clearness committee

The clearness committee

What’s at the same time readily obvious, yet constantly forgotten? The fact that we need one another. When we actually think about it, we’ll assent to that idea: Of course we need each other. Different gifts, different perspectives, moral support. Others often know...
Not every good thing is a God thing

Not every good thing is a God thing

There are many, many good things we could do. So many, in fact, that it can actually cause a problem in one of two ways. One is that we could overcommit and not do anything well. The other is that sometimes when we are faced with too many options, we paradoxically...