Posts by Rory Naeve

Posts by Rory Naeve

Desserts and Service

First and foremost, we must recognize the great efforts made by Patty Crunkilton, Troy Williams, and the youth (or “youts” if you’re My Cousin Vinny) on the wonderful spaghetti supper Sunday night. Some pasta and salad were the perfect setup to get everyone in the mood for something sweet. Secondly, many thanks to all the talented bakers, and even a candy maker (Shawn,…

Eatin’ Meetin’s

                I mentioned in passing last Sunday that the times where we get together at picnics or potlucks are fun, but that they’re also important. There’s something about sharing around the table that invites people to get to know one another, to listen, to understand and empathize. I know we joke around about food (the core of Baptist theology is the casserole),…

MLK 2018

There are many good reasons to have a national holiday to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. As a clarion voice in a time of civil revolution, he shaped our conversations around race and justice. As a political activist, he promoted a nonviolent approach to protest and forced action by those who were in power. As a speaker, he painted with his words a wondrous…

A Christmas Thank You

Yesterday was a busy day. The choir led the 11am worship service with the Christmas Cantata they’ve been working on for months. We assembled later to share a meal together and to be amused and touched and lifted by the Pageant put on by our young people (and some very patient volunteers). It was a great day, and I bet if you were there you enjoyed it all, too. But if…

Peace on Earth, Can It Be?

Since we’re talking a lot about music this Advent season, let me mention one of my personal favorite songs of the season. A few years ago, someone mentioned in jest a duet of Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing a version of Little Drummer Boy. Initially, I laughed because in what version of history would that ever happen? It turns out that it’s this version of history…

Another…

I probably ought to just write an article about the new sermon series. Or I could write something about Advent coming up. But I’m not going to. On Sunday, a church, First Baptist Church, in Sutherland Springs, Texas was attacked by a young man with a high-powered, semiautomatic, assault-style rifle. At least 26 people are dead. They were in worship, just like we were on…

Dressing Up

I’ve spoken before of my fondness for Halloween. It’s a Christian holiday at its core – connected to All Saints’ Day when we remember our sisters and brothers who have passed beyond the veil before us. I will be speaking about that subject more this Sunday. But for this article, since we’re all friends here, I thought it might be fun to consider the more commonplace…

Pumpkins

The pumpkins are here! That phrase can encapsulate a variety of emotions. For the community, I think it’s a wonderful sign that Fall is here which means the leaves will start to change, the weather will cool off, and some holidays are approaching. For us in the church, it can mean a lot of work. There’s the unloading, which is no small feat. Many thanks to all who helped…

Moses: A Life Lived with God

Moses is a powerful figure in our Scriptures. He’s a prototype, in many respects. He’s the model leader, an agent of God’s will in human history, and the original prophet. There are traits, as I spoke of Sunday, that he got from somewhere, handed down in his family tree, yet Moses is special. His life is the example of a Life Lived with God. I wanted to spend some time…

We’ve Got a Problem

Last Sunday I was speaking about the dangers of locking ourselves away in our own little Christian world. I’ve heard some call it a “Christian bubble” and that’s as good a term as any. We may feel safe there, and you might argue that we are, but our mission is not safety. Our mission is goodness. Jesus called his followers the salt of the earth, the light of the world.…