Celebrating Sabbath

More wisdom from St. Francis via Father Richard Rohr:

Overcoming the split of the mind from the body was probably easier for St. Francis because he wasn’t an intellectual. He was almost anti-intellectual because he saw what it did to so many clergy. They couldn’t touch reality anymore. They confused words with reality. Don’t fall in love with words. To this day, most of our arguments are over “your” words in agreement with “my” words. We have burned people at the stake for not having the right words. So, the alternative orthodoxy that is emerging is orthopraxy instead of verbal orthodoxy—lifestyle instead of just saying the right words.

The hegemony of the gnostic beliefs (mind-over-body, words-over-action, salvation-as-escaping-this-realm) is perhaps the most destructive influence of the Enlightenment upon the Church. Knocking those beliefs from pride of place is why I am so adamant about intentionally examining our religious practices, giving rise to my Redefining Liturgy sermon series.

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“Eat the Bread…For a Stronger, Kinder Faith: Redefining Liturgy, part 2” Oct.7 sermon

Here’s my sermon from Sunday (October 7). As I’m sure you’ve figured out, I called it “Eat This Bread…For a Stronger, Kinder Faith: Redefining Liturgy, part 2.” Part 1 was last week. Part 3 drops next week (October 21) at our Evening Worship. Again, this sermon was inspired and informed by my reading of Brian McLaren’s new book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, The Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

Our text was John 3:16-17. Big thanks to my friend and tech guru, Chris McConnell for providing the video.

Eat This Bread…For a Stronger, Kinder Faith: Redefining Liturgy, part 2 from Dave Buerstetta on Vimeo.

“Words Mean What They Mean…Until They Don’t: Redefining Liturgy, part 1” Sept. 30 sermon

Here’s my sermon from Sunday (September 30), which I called “Words Mean What They Mean…Until They Don’t: Redefining Liturgy, part 1.” It is inspired by Brian McLaren‘s Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammad Cross the Road? I think it is a terrific book. For years now I’ve found McLaren to be an author who writes things I’ve been thinking, who seems to be in my head. Of course McLaren writes those thoughts much better than I can. Count me as one who very much wants to live a life of faith that is “strong-benevolent and not hostile.”

Galatians 5:13-16, 22-26 is my text, focusing especially on what Paul calls the fruit of the Spirit.

Redefining Liturgy, part 2 (working title: Altering Altar to Table) drops on Sunday at Woodridge UMC.

I must admit it is difficult for me to watch myself like this. So why share it? I hope it is at least slightly less difficult for you to watch. 🙂