New Rules

"What is it about us that doesn't think we can rest? Is our work, or our business, our activism... is it an idol?"

In this week's That'll Preach, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis reflects on Exodus 20.1—17, The Ten Commandments, and on our ever-busy, increasingly restless lives.

Discipline

In this week's That'll Preach, Rev. Jacqui Lewis reflects on what it means to have discipline and on the lessons we draw from Jesus. What does it mean for us to have teachings, inspired by the life that Jesus led, in times like these, when "the whole world is on fire"? 

Pentecost

It’s Pentecost this Sunday, June 4.
 
The disciples have a sense that God is present everywhere. They preach and those gathered hear the good news of God's love and power in their own language. In their own language.

What if the church today felt it was her job to preach the good news of God’s love in the language that people need in order to hear it and receive it?  
 
If we were speaking in the language that people need to know it, we’d be speaking so that Muslims are having conversations with Christians, and Christians are having conversations with Jews, and Jews are having conversations with Buddhist. And none of us would act like we have God in our own pocket and that we know all about what God desires. I am talking about a translation miracle.  
 
In these hot mess times, we need to do Gospel. We need to do good news, by any means necessary. Good news in it for the poor, for the marginalized, for gay, trans, and lesbian people, good news for people who have been hurt, wounded, disrespected, and dispossessed by the church.  And if it's not good news for them, then it is not gospel.  
 
This Pentecost, think about the people on the margins who need to hear God's love, in a way they can take it in. 

To hear our morning celebrations, join us  Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org at 11:15 AM.

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Looking Back

“My mom has been struggling with lung cancer for the last seven years and she passed away on April, 25.  On the way to Palm Sunday and Easter, on the way to our Revolutionary Love Conference, not only was I feeling a kind of a nondescript, diffuse grief about what is happening in the world but I was grieving the certainly, imminent death of my Mom. 
 
And I think it got me in touch with a real vulnerable place in myself. I felt like there was a power pouring into my heart. From what direction, I don’t know. Up? In? Out? But almost a palpable, direct power source that was giving me the space to grieve, permission to be unsure, and at the same time, certainty that God is God. 
 
And so I felt like in a way Middle was overhearing a conversation I was having with God. And the conversations were as much for me as for anybody else.” 
 
To hear our morning celebrations, join us  Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org at 11:15 AM.

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