Apr 20, 2014

New Life in Texas

Rosenberg Easter 2014Happy Easter!
Today St. John’s United Church of Christ in Rosenberg, TX, voted unanimously to have me as their new pastor starting 1 June 2014.
Also I serve as an Army Reserve Chaplain with the 450th Chemical Battalion in Houston, TX.

Apr 9, 2014

American Citizen

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

Dec 9, 2013

Vision of Peace

That’s how God is still speaking:
When we learn to deploy words that transcend our lives,

Nov 22, 2013

My Top Sermons of 2013

The end of the year is fast approaching. So it is once again time to count views. Last January I had a three part sermon series about how the art of religion and the art of war are essentially one and the same thing. Those three sermons were particularly popular with my Youtube audience.

From the Holy Quran, from the Surat Al-`Ankabūt, which means The Spider: “And whoever struggles only struggles for himself.” (Quran 29:6)

“If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also” is not a commandment to surrender but a way of finding a position of strength!

Are you willing to pick up that wrestling with God? Do you have a goal in this fight? Have you seen gain from this battle? Are you willing to break the rules and spread the word about this fight club?

Oct 27, 2013

Bubble packed in God’s Grace

“Thank God I’m not like that guy!”

The Rev. Mirjam Haas-Melchior preaching on Reformation Sunday 2013
at Provo Community United Church of Christ.

Oct 14, 2013

Planting Life

If you don’t lead with an intentional example your kids will most likely go with what passionate people do.

Oct 11, 2013

U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain (CPT)

Today I was sworn in as U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain (CPT):
I, Daniel Haas, having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of Captain do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.

Sep 24, 2013

Here we have no lasting city

God calls us to keep our hearts and minds and souls open as if we were wandering Arameans. With Israel we set out from Succoth. We have no lasting city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. And along the way we have the chance to meet the most amazing characters.

Sep 16, 2013

Missing Justice

The most important acts of worship happen with your hands full of sawdust:

Sep 2, 2013

Labor Sunday featuring Warner P. Woodworth

At the Labor Sunday worship service, Sept. 1, 2013, we had Warner P. Woodworth and Daniel Haas co-preach:

After centuries of labor success in building America, our nation is in trouble. There is a great reversal to these strategies by rich and powerful individuals who seek to destroy unions, to cut social security and Medicare, to make so-called “Right to Work States” (i.e. disempower unions), to raise the wealth of the 1 percent while reducing the pittance of the masses, etc. They have the money and political clout to succeed in recent decades…Witness the sky high increases in corporate incomes, decline in wages and wealth, growth of unemployment and underemployment, the attack on public employees, reduced state budgets, Washington’s “sequestration,” the horrendous Great Recession fostered by a decade of greed, big business smothering small business, congressional attacks on masses of the poor, the mortgage crisis, current attempts to shut down the federal government, and so on.

Our America which historically was a nation with a large middle class with a small amount of poverty and a small number of truly wealthy families at the top…but it’s now bifurcated into two countries: one rich, the other poor. Society has changed into an hour glass shape with lots of millionaires at the top, and a huge class of have-nots at the base.

May we remember and honor the union movement that built the United States!

See the full video here: