Remembering Auschwitz

One of the most haunting and remarkable experiences I have ever had was quietly walking along the well-worn pathways of the Nazi death camp called Auschwitz, about an hour west of Krakow, Poland. If you stood still long enough, and closed your eyes, you could almost hear the muffled cries of the little Jewish boys and girls, as well as […]

Psalm of the Face

Dictionaries tell us that “shame” is a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace. What things in your life are causing you to experience shame? This week. Right now. When we feel shame we generally wish to turn away from those with whom we normally feel safe but before whom we now feel distant […]

Remembering 9/11

In the language of the ancient Hebrews there is a word that invites all who hear it to intentionally, sensitively and with a sense of sacredness memorialize some moment or event or person that is worthy of recollection. It is the word zakar, and it is a word that has been on my mind a lot of late as I […]

Remembering 9/11

In the language of the ancient Hebrews there is a word that invites all who hear it to intentionally, sensitively and with a sense of sacredness memorialize some moment or event or person that is worthy of recollection. It is the word zakar, and it is a word that has been on my mind a lot of late as I […]

Write This Down: God Owns it All!

“Write This Down…” provides a restatement of selected points or observations from various teaching venues at which Pastor Matthew speaks. The following material is from Pastor Matthew’s sermon entitled, “God Owns it All”, part of the series called “Momentum,” the weekend of November 21, 2010 at Bethel Church: Despite the prevailing sentiment telling us that we are the captains of […]

A Reprise: Remembering 9/11

Politics and patriotism aside, we cannot forget 9/11. Consider the following reasons why: First, 9/11 is a vivid reminder to us all that there really is, despite prevailing cultural notions to the contrary, evil. Evil is real, and is a reality with which we must reckon. No matter where one stands politically with regard to George W. Bush, one thing […]