Pastor's Blog

Thanks for visiting our website. I think you’ll find Northaven Church to be a place where people take their faith very seriously. We are an eclectic community who takes our call to be God’s people in the world seriously. We are progressive in theology, open in spirit, and welcoming of all persons. We’re proud to have an eclectic group of people who find their church home here….people who love music and the arts, people who love social justice and peace-making, people who don’t check their brain at the door, and love God with their head and their heart. I hope you enjoy your time visiting our website. Please get in touch if we can be any help to you at all. And we sincerely hope you’ll find us soon at Northaven Church.Grace and Peace, Rev. Eric Folkerth

We Did Not Ask For This Room

“We did not ask for this room or this music. We were invited in. Therefore, because the dark surrounds us, let us turn our faces to the light. Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty. We have been given pain to be astounded by joy. We have been given life to deny death. We did not ask for this room or this music. But because we are here, let us dance.” — Stephen King and Bridgett CarpenterI finally binged-watched “11.22.63” this week. It’s got me thinking ... Read More »

I Am A Christmas Christian

I am a Christmas Christian. I’ve known this for decades now. But only now do I feel brave enough to say it boldly. Because, in many Christian circles, it’s almost like heresy to not say “I’m an Easter Christian.” “Bonding Time: The Nativity in Townville,” by Jan Hines. I’m one of those too. I love Easter. I come to appreciate the metaphor of death and resurrection more every year. I understand —although I personally find no meaning, whatsoever– in the metaphor of “atonement ... Read More »

The Story at the Door

Sometimes the whole story of our faith, our culture, and this great political divide between us all is made manifest in small moments that speak to you…small moments that tell big stories. That happened to me as I stood at the door after worship on Sunday. One of the very first couples of shake my hand was an older couple, man and woman, who had been visiting for some weeks now. He shook my hand, but he was frustrated and roiling ... Read More »

Witness – 2016 Stewardship Videos

Northaven’s Stewardship campaign for 2017, “Witness,” began on Sunday, Nov. 6, and featured three weeks of videos highlighting the ministries of our church.   Read More »

Sermon In Respose to the Dallas Shootings

Photo: David WorthingtonThis is different, isn’t it? We’ve been here before. We’ve been in church, the Sunday after some mass shooting…somewhere…and we’ve viscerally felt the horror and the shock. You’ve heard me preach on those Sundays. But this is so different. This is our home. Our city. Violence toward our police. In our downtown, where some of us live, and some of us work. Places we visit often. The grief is great. And, even closer than that, our two Northaven members who are part of ... Read More »

Signs That Are More Than Ink On Paper

When I was a kid, there was a program called “Helping Hands” that was supposed to help kids feel safe. The idea was that families would put a paper sign inside the front windows of their house. The sign was a very simple hand print. The theory was that if a kid was ever walking down the street, and felt like they were in danger, they could run to a house with that sign, ring the bell, and ... Read More »

Written Down in Blood and Ink

“Place these words I’m speaking on your heart and in your very being. Tie them on your hand as a sign.” Deuteronomy 11:16 I pulled the trigger. I got my tattoo. As I’ve been threatening to do for months now, I got the words “Fear Not” in Biblical Greek inked on my left inside forearm. The words are from my favorite chapter of the Bible; Luke 2. And these are among my favorite verses… “The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news ... Read More »

Of Bathrooms and Johnny Manziel

Eric’s video message for this week, talking about the fake danger of Trans people and bathrooms, versus the very real dangers of domestic violence.Shared from: When EF Talks Read More »

Conversation with Morgan Guyton

Morgan Guyton is on a book tour for his great new book, “How Jesus Saves The World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity.” We did a short interview about the book, focusing on the chapter, “Outsiders, Not Insiders,” talking about a bit about General Conference, and what it’s like to be straight allies of our LGBTQ friends. I enjoyed doing it…hope you enjoy it too… EF Shared from: When EF talksRead More »

Message To General Conference Delegates

Friends, This blog is a message to delegates to the upcoming United Methodist General Conference. If you are a delegate, I hope you’ll watch it. If you know a delegate, I hope you’ll forward it to them. The primary message is this: “Restructuring” or “Reframing” will not help solve the intractable conflict over LGBT issues in the UMC. Only by making the hard choice, and changing on the issues themselves, will we be able to move forward in a positive direction.  Hope ... Read More »

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?