By Way of Reminder
sermons, musings, and marginalia from Brent Levy

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Jan
16
Your Unicorn

Your Unicorn

When you offer your gifts for the common good, toward Beloved Community, Jesus shines through you. That’s the epiphany.
8 min read
Jan
13
Thursday Three • January 13, 2022

Thursday Three • January 13, 2022

Whether it’s kids or colleagues or friends or parishioners, I’m recognizing that I'm not always present, listening well, or seeing them in their fullness. So this week’s Thursday Three is about the work of friendship.
5 min read
Jan
09
Surface Pressure

Surface Pressure

Who am I if I don't have what it takes?
8 min read
Jan
06
The Thursday Three • January 6, 2022

The Thursday Three • January 6, 2022

I’ve spent the years following that night in Charlottesville working to become a student of Archbishop Tutu, and I was heartbroken to learn of his “transition” on December 26. So for this week’s Thursday Three, I’m sharing three of his teachings that have shaped my life.
6 min read
Jan
02
Home By Another Way

Home By Another Way

I'm inviting, I hope, a reframing that names the truth that God’s got us. That perhaps in ways we can’t see, the year that has been will be a gift from God to our future selves. That the flames of the dumpster fire might be purifying and refining.
10 min read
Dec
30
The Thursday Three • December 30, 2021

The Thursday Three • December 30, 2021

Like many of you, I suppose, I’ve spent this week taking stock of 2021 and looking ahead to 2022. For today’s Thursday Three, I’m sharing some words that have struck me and sustained me this year — words I hope to continue to carry with me into the new year ahead.
5 min read
Dec
24
The Weary World Rejoices

The Weary World Rejoices

When God enters into the story of Mary and Joseph and the shepherds and the whole world, I can’t help but think of the words of John Sullivan Dwight in 1855 who wrote the English version of O Holy Night. When God enters in, when love comes local and Christ is born… “the weary world rejoices.”
6 min read
Dec
20
Seeking Sanctuary

Seeking Sanctuary

What would this world look like were we to make of ourselves and our communities a home where strivings cease, where posturing is paused — and instead there is space for stillness and rest, space to simply be — to find rest in the God whose door is always open?
10 min read
Dec
06
Laying the Foundation

Laying the Foundation

In a world in which there are so many competing voices telling us who and whose we are... the words of blessing and encouragement and love and promise that we offer now over those we love — those who, like us, are just trying to make it in this weary world, lay a foundation for God to build on.
10 min read
Nov
29
Homesick

Homesick

Jesus is saying that when you start to feel that homesickness, don’t give in to despair. Don’t lose hope. Keep your head up and you’ll discover those glimpses of home all around you. You’ll find that the kingdom is closer than you realized. You’ll find how God comes near.
9 min read