I am happy to announce that Seeking Imperfection is now ready for check out at the Longview Public Library!
Remembering those who gave their life
in service to this country.
Today I preached a sermon entitled “Say The Word” based on Luke 7:1-10.[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/fcclongview/2016-05-29_110818.mp3|animation=no]
Camerarius, Adam, active 1644-1666. Jesus Heals the Centurion’s Servant, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56188 [retrieved May 29, 2016]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Adam_Camerarius_001.jpg#mw-jump-to-license.
Recently, I was asked my Meredith Gould to endorse her book, Desperately Seeking Spirituality.
The book arrived today and (part of) my endorsement was listed in the book.
Here’s the entire endorsement
As a father of three, husband, son and full time minster my calendar can fill up quickly; everything from lunches to meetings, practices and social events, spirituality can easily be pushed to bottom of the to-do list. The struggle to find time or even know how to operate in a spiritual context can be difficult if not impossible for many faithful followers of Jesus the Christ.
Meredith Gould in her book Desperately Seeking Spirituality tries to smooth out the rough places of spirituality and it’s practices while allowing the reader to find a balance in her/his life. She approaches this through the idea of being a “seeker” of God, a title that will remain with us forever because perfection is never truly attained. She guides the reader through the pitfalls and struggles of faith and spirituality while offering tangible resources, exercises and thoughts to encourage the reader to not give up on finding the spiritual practices and holy moments that will deeply impact our lives.
Gould’s wit and simplicity of style opens this text up to all who are in desperate need of some spirituality or who need a refresh on what it means to seek after God in our everyday life.
—Rev. Evan M. Dolive, Associate Minister, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Longview, Texas; author of Seeking Imperfection: Body Image, Marketing and God.
Thanks to Meredith Gould for asking me to read her book.
I was asked to write a reflection for a unique Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) community, Fig Tree Christian. Fig Tree is unlike any other church as it is 100% online, that’s right, online.
Recently the community has been posting reflections based on a scripture and a C.S. Lewis quote.
Below is an except of the reflection and a link to the full piece.
Thanks to Fig Tree for their invitation.
The old saying goes that the only things that are certain in this life are death and taxes.
While these thing are unavoidable, I would contend that another item needs to be added, change.
Change: that mystical force that lies in wait until things get settled, comfortable and normative, then it leaps out of the bushes and catches us all by surprise. These shifts in our life can be met with great strife, push back and even anger. Once I was in an electronics store and I overheard a customer complaining about her cell phone. Her phone had updated to the newest operating system and the interface was not what it used to be and she was not happy. I felt bad for the young guy who had to hear her onslaught about how she did not like the new update and all but demanded that he call the manufacturer and let them know that this was unacceptable. He tried his best to show her that things had not really changed as much as she had envisioned but it wasn’t the same.
Change had come, no one had asked her and there was nothing she could do about it.
Humanity has found comfort in being in routines, in comfortable situations because they bring comfortable, routine, expected results.
What is it about change that frightens us? What is it about change that makes us shift in our seat, that makes the hairs on the back of our neck stand up?
What about change in the church?
Read the continuation of this reflection at Fig Tree Christian Church
Today I preached a sermon based on Acts 2:14-21 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Longview, TX