Sermon: Be A Quitter

Sermon Text: I Corinthians 1:10-17 (The Message)   Sermon Excerpt Churchy Christians often say, “Wherever two or three are gathered in God’s name, God is present.” While they are likely right, practical Christians recognize that wherever two or three are gathered, many perspectives are present.  And somehow, more often than we care to admit, extended conversations that highlight our differences turn into arguments. Good Christian people have been known to argue about nearly Read More …

I Quit! – Sermon for September 12

I Quit!  (Text: I Corinthians 1:10-17)  Let us pray. Holy One, you are still speaking God – enable us to be a still listening people.  May my words and the conversations they produce draw us closer to Jesus and to all who seek to follow him.  Amen. Church fights happen more often than we like to admit and can do more harm than a damage assessment report might suggest.  Arguments can begin with something as routine as choosing new carpet for the fellowship hall or as theological as what Read More …

My Response to Anne Rice

Anne Rice Quits Christianity As the days pass since Anne Rice wrote of her decision to “quit being a Christian” I have returned to her words on several occasions.  Her words are those of a follower of Christ who cannot fathom why the church she thought she knew and loved has become an institution more focused on being against issues rather than for Christ.  Rice’s pain and frustration have led her to walk away and to distance herself from the body of Christ. Today I quit being a Christian. Read More …

A UCC Response to Anne Rice

  Anne Rice, the best-selling American author whose books have sold more than 100 million copies, announced on Wednesday that she has quit being a Christian.   According to the AP, Rice was "raised as a Catholic, she had rejected the church early in her life but renewed her faith in recent years and in 2008 released the memoir Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession."  Other sources suggest that her progressive views have been at odds with the Roman Catholic tradition for some time Read More …