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MCCDC: FOUNDATION OF GENEROSITY

A foundation is critical to the stability of the home. Without it, the earth and sand may shift under the beams and joists and floorboards and, no matter how lovingly and beautifully they have been constructed or how carefully placed, they will not hold. The foundation is meant to support the full load of the…

MCCDC: Plans, Blueprints and Permits

I tell my students, “When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy…

MCCDC: Rev. Elder Troy Perry: The Faith of our Founder

“Faith isn’t fireworks; it’s not meant to dazzle. Faith is simply recognizing our tiny place in relation to God’s enormous, creative love, and then filling that place with our whole lives.” ~Debie Thomas In our Gospel for Sunday, Jesus says to the disciples: “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could…

MCCDC: Trans Visibility is a Spiritual Directive

“There’s power in naming yourself, in proclaiming to the world that this is who you are. Wielding this power is often a difficult step for many transgender people because it’s also a very visible one.” ~Janet Mock Who is visible and who is not? That’s one question from this Sunday’s text from Luke 16: 19-31.…

MCCDC: THOUGHTS FROM OUR REVIVALISTS

AS Rev. Dwayne said on September 1st, “Relationships matter.” It is because of relationships that Cassandra and I are excited to be ministering with and to you this weekend. Dwayne and I go back almost 25 years. I was his Administrative Assistant for ten years when he was pastor at Resurrection MCC in Houston. Working…

MCCDC: NEVER GIVE UP ON LOVE

“Let your God love you. Say nothing. Ask nothing. Let your God look upon you. That is all.” ~Edwina Gateley How far will we go for love? I’ve met folks who have gone into debt trying to woo and buy love into their lives. Others have been obsessed with the latest dating APP, scanning the…

MCCDC: Relationships Require Giving Our All. Really?

“The life of faith is not a weekend hobby or a vacation destination. It’s a full soul, full body, full mind endeavor that requires renunciation. And surrender. And a reordering of our identities, our priorities, and our proclivities.” ~Debi Thomas, alt. I’ll be honest right up front. I’m struggling with the scripture for this Sunday:…

MCCDC: Relationships Matter

“Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo Relationships are at the heart of scripture. The prominence of relationships in scripture affirms that relationships matter. Relationships matter to God, who created us to be in relationship and daily seeks relationship with us. Relationships matter to Jesus, who centered his ministry in relationship and taught…

MCCDC: Courage to Rise

“The life that we find when we give up our lives to follow God’s call, is, after all is said and done, the life most worth living.” ~Kathryn M. Schifferdecker God is full of surprises. The prophet Jeremiah got a big surprise when God called him to be a prophet to the nations. He resisted…

MCCDC: Courage by Faith

“I know that at times I will be troubled, I know that at times I will be belabored, I know that at times I will be disquieted, but I believe that I will not be overcome. Amen. ” ~Julian of Norwich It takes courage to live the spiritual life. It takes faith to live with…