In response to a social media post on the Central American refugee crisis light on facts and compassion, Pastor Scott Rosekrans tried out a new approach that isn't "judgmental or threatening." "I’m not looking to pick a fight... I just believe that [Christians] should be leading the fight to spread God’s love, mercy and righteousness."
"As I watched immigrant children sitting silent in cages on our southern borders, I could only imagine what grief and fear their silence betrayed," writes the Rev. Paul Graves in a letter to his grandkids. In his message Graves considers the power of sacred silence, both in times where it is a reprieve to a noisy world and in moments where it is an alternative to a silence born in fear.
"Could it be that God invented the Resurrection of Jesus as a dramatic reminder for us that death, for all of its power to imprison us in our fears, will not be the end of Life? " In a letter to his grandchildren reflecting on the odd occasion of Easter and April Fool's day sharing a date on the calendar, Rev. Paul Graves makes the case that it is perfectly appropriate.
According to Patrick Scriven, the advocacy of young people in the wake of last week's school shooting is both inspiring and unsettling. It's inspiring because it may be making a difference but it's unsettling because it also speaks to the brokenness of institutions like the federal government and The United Methodist Church.
A recent Facebook post with a meme criticizing the "thoughts and prayers" response to disasters got under the skin of Scott Rosekrans, pastor of Port Hadlock Community UMC. He spent some time reflecting on what prayer should mean to Christians and how a sincere faith is inevitably coupled with action.