Articles by The Rev. Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie
Saturday September 24, 2016
Envy is rooted in a sense of inadequacy, in feeling that someone else has something I want or something better than what I have and that there is not enough to go around.
Wednesday August 17, 2016
As I looked out over the young faces of those gathered in the Wesley Covenant Chapel at Church of the Resurrection on a hot July day in Kansas, I felt, rather than heard God saying within me, 'Be encouraged. I am still calling, and people are still responding.' All their faces were eager, and some were anxious.
Saturday August 24, 2013
It turns out that a partial view seat is not such a bargain after all.
Saturday May 25, 2013
There is certainly plenty of turbulence to be experienced in the course of daily life. If you live in my part of the world, tornados are an early summer threat. Wherever you live, school shootings and terrorist acts have eroded our sense of safety and, maybe even our trust in one another. There’s plenty of reason to stomp your boot against the nearest wall. But that doesn’t help much.
Sunday May 12, 2013
Mother's Day is a day when we moms suspect that your cards tell us not who we really are, but who you, our family, society, and maybe even God wishes we were.
Saturday May 11, 2013
Let your word be Yes, Yes or No, No; anything more than this comes from the evil one. (Matthew 5:37). Lately I’ve been translating this verse a little differently...
Friday April 26, 2013
In Psalm 121 the psalmist, perhaps embarking on a pilgrimage to the Temple at Jerusalem, is asking who will be with him in the unknown dangers that lurk in the hills and crags that line the path he’s walking along?
Monday April 22, 2013
Three occasions have arisen recently in which I have had to stand and deliver and, thank God, been able to do so.
Friday March 29, 2013
As Easter approaches a lot of people are under the mistaken belief that being a Christian means living in a state of untroubled emotional bliss. They may feel that periods of anxiety and depression make one repellent to God. They may feel that they should not even attempt to scale the Kilimanjaro spiritual heights of Easter Sunday joy.
Saturday March 23, 2013
A pastor friend of mine told me the following story recently. About ten years ago he was serving as a local pastor in Houston and owned a lake house on Lake Livingston in East Texas. The house was located in a wooded area with only two other dwellings nearby. His neighbor to the left was a vociferous atheist. His neighbor to the right self identified as a lapsed Catholic.
Thursday March 14, 2013
I haven’t been cooking much lately. I chalk it up to being busy. And to teaching until 6 pm some days and then having a long commute home. That shouldn’t prevent me from planning menus and shopping for food in an organized manner, but lately it has.
Thursday February 21, 2013
In this season of Lent, let us expect to be uncomfortable as we walk with Jesus through resistance and discomfort toward the Cross.
Monday February 18, 2013
Three very different people conspire to teach a lesson on appreciating our God-given gifts.
Thursday February 07, 2013
Through Scripture, our identities as individuals and communities will be formed and transformed.
Saturday February 02, 2013
Sometimes, flying makes me realize what a vulnerable situation the human condition is and how much we have to take on faith.
Thursday January 10, 2013
It is the beginning of a New Year, and, according to Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue last night, only 8% of Americans keep their New Year’s resolutions. Procrastination probably has something to do with that. Here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2013.