Afterthoughts

Afterthoughts

Check out Fr. Brad’s insights on his Sunday sermons:

  • Children of God
    This past weekend,I watched a documentary called Sons of Mezcal.It is about the mezcal (a tequila-like spirit) industry in Oaxaca, Mexico with a focus on the importance of the generations that participate in its successful production. For many, Oaxaca is the center of the Mexican culture and mezcal is at the center of Oaxaca’s. The documentary depicted the land where the agave plants are grown, how they are cared for, when harvest occurs and how they go from plant to […]
  • Here’s the Deal
    As I said last Sunday,understanding the Gospel is a foundational part of our faith.We use the word Gospel in many waysand to refer to many things.We talk about the four Gospels(Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).When we believe something to be really true,we might say it is the Gospel Truth. But, understanding what it is at its core is important.Because from this corecomes the whole of life as it was meant to be lived. The reading from Luke 18:9-14 this weekhas […]
  • Dreaming of Heaven
    For as long as I can remember,  heaven has had an enchanted image in my mind. Not the “streets of gold” image of Revelation,  just a wonder about a place that was utterly differently  than the orb we currently occupy. And I have long wondered why,  given the choice to live in heaven versus any other locale,  why someone would write it off. Turns out, this is a common experience. The writing off part. The reading from Hebrews on Sunday […]
  • God Will
    As I said last Sunday,being a person of faith can be difficult,especially when we misunderstand what that means. In our culture of “get what you want when you want to get it,”engaging faith can be confusing. Tag to that a propensity for our minds to think that the theology of the “God wants you to be wealthy” crowd has something to itor that, for some reason, thinking we deserve this or that,and we can set ourselves up for problems. Faith […]
  • Who We Are
    Different.That’s who we are.At least, that’s who we are supposed to be. Different.Other.Unique.Peculiar.Holy.Righteous. But, different than what?The world. What does the Bible mean by the world?The things opposed to God’s justice and peace.The things that keep us focused on us and not the other. In Sunday’s sermon, I tried to show and communicate that we have an opportunity to invest in the things that will last. The readings from this week encouraged us both to see what is true about […]