Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Tower of Babel (By Minda Schweizer)

The Tower of Babel is not the usual Sunday sermon text. Through the centuries Babel has come to mean confusion and chaos. Yet, Minda's exegesis and practical explanation of it this Sunday as otherwise was a blessing to me. I hope you will be blessed too.

Sermon by Minda Schweizer
July 27, 2014
Irvine Presbyterian Church

Good morning! 

My name is Minda Schweizer.  My family and I have been a part of the IPC worshipping community now for a year and during this time I’ve enjoyed meeting and getting to know many of you.  For those who I haven’t had the opportunity to meet, I am married to Aaron Schweizer, IPC’s Operations Director.  When people first meet me, I often get, “Oh you’re Aaron’s wife…we love him. He is doing such a great job.”  I personally agree.  I think he’s very talented at his job and he has a pastoral heart.  It makes for a great combination.  What some people don’t know is that our roles reverse at different points in the week…and he gets, “Oh, you’re Minda’s husband.”  This happens at our presbytery meetings and at 4:30 on Sunday afternoons when we go to a small church service where I serve as a pastoral intern in Ladera Ranch called Common Villages.  Common Villages is a worship gathering developing into a community of house churches.  

Last year in July, Aaron and I entered into a mid-career ministry transition.  We transitioned from serving in a parachurch ministry as college campus ministers for 17 years with Campus Crusade for Christ to serving in church ministry… sometimes I find myself quietly asking, “How did I get here?” 

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Midsummer Saturday Night's Fever Dream (A Review)

My summer of Shakespeare continued this week with a live mashup by the Troubadors. The Troubies, as they are affectionately known, performed A Midsummer Saturday Night's Fever Dream at what has quickly become a favorite spot for me, the Garden Grove Amphitheater. It was an energetic mashup that had most of us dancing many times, swaying, singing, and clapping at others. In other words, it is the kind of live entertainment that makes enjoyable memories of hot and humid summer evenings. I even learned some things about Saturday Night Fever that I had not realized before.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Notes on PC (USA) Theology (By Tom Erickson)

I am honored to share two recent pieces, written after GA 221, by a writer new to us, The Rev. Tom Erickson. 1) Why I'm Staying in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and 2) Another Reason to Stay in the PC(USA): Presbyterians believe in overwhelming numbers that God's Work in Jesus Christ is Sufficient for Salvation. They are an easy and compelling read. They correct the pervasive flood of mis-informed conclusions that are often made quite inadvertently after reading the Listening to Presbyterians panel surveys that the PC (USA) does regularly of its pastors and other leadership. In this case, Tom Erickson in the second note is addressing a theological rationale used by the Presbyterian Church of the Master (PCOM), Mission Viejo.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1000 Forms of Fear (Sia): Music Album

From the movie Hunger Games: Catching Fire I liked Elastic Heart.  I also like David Guetta's Titanium. I like these two songs very much. Not just for their catchy tunes and disco dance beat but for their meaningful lyrics. Both songs are the product of Australian singing sensation Sia. Now, Sia's album 1000 Forms of Fear is the Number One album on the Billboards (I believe). I am surprised because songs I like, typically, don't climb the charts :).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Common Villages, Next Door

Common Villages is one of the more unusual of our presbytery's new church developments; actually most of them are pretty unusual :). CV began 10 years ago as Village Pres. Church of Ladera Ranch. In 2014, they redefined themselves. They are now in the process of becoming a wall-less church - an idea that I totally embrace. I've worshipped with them a couple of times. The second time, recently, thanks to Minda Schweizer their intern (candidate for ministry) I learned about Next Door that uses social networking to connect people who live close by to build up communities in their geographical neighborhoods.  Woot! I thought.I bet you are wondering why!