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Pray for Parkland

In light of the recent events, I was reminded of this article I was asked to write years back in the aftermath of the Aurora shooting. I believe it still rings so true as we now stand in a similar place and grieve with Parkland.  My Take: This is where God was in Aurora Twelve crosses comprise a makeshift memorial across the street from the movie theater where last week’s mass shooting happened. Editor’s note: Rob Brendle is the founding pastor of Denver United Church, a former associate pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and the author of "In the Meantime: The Practice of Proactive Waiting." By Rob Brendle, Special to CNN I held her hand as she died. Her family had come to a church where I was pastoring that morning, a routine Sunday. A thousand things would never have crossed their minds as they drove through Colorado Springs toward New Life Church’s enormous concrete worship [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:18-06:00February 20th, 2018|Current Events, Devotionals|

RACIAL UNITY: An Uphill Battle

“Hey Blackie!” were the words yelled at my seven year old daughter in her classroom three weeks ago, by another white child in her classroom.  After he said this to her, he repeated it to another African- American student in the classroom which communicated a clear intent to demean, ridicule and verbally harm each of them. My wife and I extensively processed the events with Chloey and our other children to help contextualize what happened.  I was angry, disgusted and saddened.  In my early twenties, a close friend of mine (who happened to be white) decided to join a predominantly black church.  In many ways, I witnessed his experience to be formative and refreshing.  Unfortunately, there were also many moments of ridicule and shame for being, well… white.  He was often the blunt of snarky, racist jokes and comments.  It was incredibly painful to witness… The question that I would privately ask myself and [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:19-06:00October 26th, 2017|Current Events, Devotionals|

Rob Brendle: Habbakuk’s Lament

I awoke this morning to the news that more than fifty people are dead. Last night’s assault in Las Vegas was the deadliest mass shooting in our nation’s history. It’s bewildering, heartbreaking, infuriating. To our south, Puerto Rico is undone by the latest storm. On the other side of the world, North Korea is escalating it’s belligerent rhetoric while Iran hurtles toward nuclear capability. How can this be? I look at the world around me and find myself deeply identifying with the prophet Habakkuk: “Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence.” As he did then, so now I find myself crying out Why, Lord? As some of our nation’s most sensitive issues find public voice once more—this time with all eyes on athletes and the national anthem—the cable news rancor reaches a fever pitch. Habakkuk again: “I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.” And again I find myself identifying [...]

By |2017-10-09T10:08:28-06:00October 2nd, 2017|Current Events, Sermon Series|