Theology On Tap: One Year Later

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One year ago this month a group of ministers in the Longview area started a Theology on Tap group. It has been a great avenue for people to discuss their theology positions and hear new ones to help them get a fuller picture of who God is and what God is doing in the world. Below is a link to an article about the one year anniversary of Theology on Tap.

In Christ,

Rev. Evan


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Thought of the Day

Sermon: How a Sinner Became a Fisherman

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I preached a sermon entitled “How a Sinner Became a Fisherman” based on Luke 5:1-11 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Longview, TX.  Link below.

Sermon Link

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

Stars Over Longview 2019

I was honored to give the invocation at the 2019 Stars Over Longview Award Lunch. This event recognizes twelve women who have made an impact on the community. The prayer I gave is below. If you share it, please give proper attribution.

Stars Over Longview Prayer– 2019

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

 

Sermon: Leading Us

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Below is the link to a sermon I gave at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Longview, Texas entitled “Leading Us” based on Matthew 2:1-12.

Sermon Link

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

Book Review: Sabbath As Resistance

 

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It’s no secret that we live in an ultra-high paced, interconnected society and world.   We are constantly going from one place and headed to another.  There are t ball games, dance practices, job requirements, family commitments and everything in between; on top of that there is trying to find quality time with your spouse and/or children and before you know it, it is 10 pm and your “to-do list” has about three things checked off (one of which is “make a to-do list”).

How many times have we exclaimed, “There are not enough hours in the day!”?

While this might be a common feeling, is it something that we have placed on ourselves?  Can that email wait until the morning?  Do I have really need to volunteer for this?

All the while we are working feverishly we are complaining about not having downtime but when we have the downtime we are guilty of not doing anything.  This in lies​ the problem.

As of people of faith, we have a good guide for how our time and self-care​ needs to take place but over time​ it has shifted making sure we attend church to “keep the Sabbath holy.”

In our world of instant communication and work overload, we are not good about the Sabbath-keeping commandment.

Walter Brueggemann wrote a wonderful book about just this problem, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now.

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Discussions about the Sabbath often center around moralistic laws and arguments over whether a person should be able to play cards or purchase liquor on Sundays. In this volume, popular author Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Importantly, Brueggemann speaks to a 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. Keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. Brueggemann offers a transformative vision of the wholeness God intends, giving world-weary Christians a glimpse of a more fulfilling and simpler life through Sabbath observance.

Brueggemann weaves his scholarly knowledge of the Old Testament and the modern world into a package that is digestible​.  He argues that for one to take a break on a Sabbath is to resist the world around them.

As we begin 2019, let us resolve to make more time for our own Sabbath time and resist the world and culture of now, now, now and go, go, go.

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

Currently Reading

What’s on your reading list?

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

So Now What?

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We have come through January 1, 2019, and have celebrated the coming a new year. So now the question remains, so now what?  What are we going to do with the gift of a new year that we have been given?

Rev. David Hansen poses this question beautifully.

We have an opportunity to give more of ourselves, love more people, give more faithfully in 2019. Are we up for the challenge?  I truly hope so.

Let’s get to work.

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

Sermon: Clothes for Christmas

This sermon was given at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Longview, TX entitled “Clothes for Christmas” based on Colossians 3:12-17.

Sermon Link

 

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

Happy New Year!

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May your 2019 be filled with joy and happiness!

In Christ,

Rev. Evan