Posts by Rory Naeve

Posts by Rory Naeve

What Do You Do on Sabbatical? Part 2 – Cook

If you didn’t read Part 1, I’m cool with that. Who am I? You don’t owe me anything. I was on sabbatical for 10 weeks and probably most people want the general idea of what I was doing for that time. Others may want a little more detail. These posts are for the latter kind. This…

What Do You Do on Sabbatical? Part 1 – Vacation

As I sat down on my first full day back in the office (I snuck in Monday afternoon without alerting anybody), I began to imagine all the many conversations we’re likely to have. I can’t wait for them. I’m excited to hear from you and to share some of what I did over sabbatical. But, it occurred to…

Why Policy Matters – It’s about People

I’m writing this post on a Wednesday morning – the Wednesday after the tragic shooting in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Like all of us, I suspect, I’m overwhelmed with emotion in hearing this story. I’m hurt and angry and despairing and fully aware that my feelings are a single teardrop in…

Maundy Thursday

Many of you have responded to me about the Maundy Thursday… service? Event? Thing? However we might describe it, I knew how I wanted it to feel and I think the evening accomplished that. I’m grateful to all the people who helped to make it so. It felt… well, we’ll get back to that in a second. Maundy Thursday is about the Last Supper and when you read about…

Deleted Sermon Scenes: Ukrainian Tutor

Sometimes as a preacher, you have to edit out the bits of sermons that just don’t quite fit. Sermons are a bit like movies or stories or poems in that you only have so much time to accomplish something. It forces you to be kind of ruthless with what ends up in the final draft and sometimes that means leaving something you really want to say on the cutting room floor. So,…

Christ-shaped Giving (Lent Week 6)

You are probably familiar with a short story called “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, even if you’ve never explicitly read it. It’s a story that’s been remixed and updated dozens of times. It’s too long to print, but I’ll give you the gist of it. A poor, young couple are barely scraping by. The wife has little more than a dollar, mostly in pennies scraped together, and…

Christ-shaped Space (Lent Week 5)

If someone says the word “home,” what do you picture? Is it your current living space? Is it some idealized version of home that’s been absorbed from old TV shows like “Full House” or “I Love Lucy?” For me, the idea of home is tied to my grandmother’s house. I remember how the hunter green carpet felt on my bare feet, the sound of her little poodle’s collar as she pranced…

Christ-shaped Community (Lent Week 4)

I went searching around for an image of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and I found this. I don’t know why I expected any different… Doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? Of course, not. Dinner over video chat isn’t the same as sitting down elbow to elbow, passing platters, and clinking glasses over the table. We get to know people by sitting down to a meal together.…

Christ-Shaped Time (Lent Week 3)

by Shawn Simic Last year I was introduced to the practice of silence and solitude for the first time. It may be more accurate to say that I was forced into it for four hours for a school assignment. Honestly, I was dreading it. I could not imagine being alone and quiet for four whole hours. However, I found I was not alone, God was there and it turned out to be an amazing…