Psalm 104 – “Be the Church: Protect the Environment” This Psalm is so beautiful. What a gorgeous vision of the world! The earth is full of God’s creatures. And everything in its place. The high mountains for the wild goats, The rocks a refuge for the badgers. The night time set aside for the lions. […]
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“Be the Church: Enjoy Life” Luke 15 – the Prodigal Child Today’s story is one of my favorites. I love that there is a vision of a parent, who, despite his child’s wandering in the wilderness, welcomes him home with open arms. Who among us has NOT made a mistake and been overwhelmed when we […]
Click here to read today’s text from Ephesians 4:25-32 “Be the Church: Forgive Often” Be angry! Be angry, Paul says. Finally, a text that gives us permission to be human beings. Sure, it also tells us to speak kindly, put away bitterness and wrath, and forgive one another. Which are all difficult. But there’s a […]
Acts 11:1-17 I was talking to a colleague this week, and I said, I feel called to talk about immigration when I read this text about Peter, but it seems too obvious. For me it’s a one to one. Peter rejected outsiders. We Americans have rejected outsiders. Peter hears from God that he […]
Job 12:7-10 <Sarah has a moving box> What’s in the box? It doesn’t matter. But it must be important. Because I’ve moved it across 4 states! And you’d think that after 10 years, I’d realize that maybe, whatever’s in here might be okay to find its way from my house to the Assistance League or […]
“Be the Church: Share Earthly and Spiritual Resources” Acts 16:11-15 Today we’re going to talk about sharing resources, and the card game we played with the children is a perfect metaphor for that. We all have cards to play, resources at our disposal, be they wealth or time or talents. We also have resources […]
“Be the Church: Care for the Poor” James 2:1-6, Sirach 4:1-10 I want to start out today with an exercise… EXERCISE: Use the race track and watch your progress. You may end well ahead of the starting line or behind it… 1 If you are right-handed, take one step forward. 2 If English […]
“Be the Church: Fight for the Powerless” Matthew 19:1-14 Women today are finding new ways to speak up and assert themselves. Women, in our country, also have the right to work, the right to vote, and in most cases, the right to divorce or the right to say no to having children. In some churches, […]
Be the Church: Reject Racism Matthew 15:21-28 I want to start out today with a true story. And I don’t tell you this story to scare you, but to give you an insight into the real dangers that we face as members of this community. About 4 years ago, I’m sitting in my car at […]
5/27/18 Scripture: Acts 14:8-20 Sermon Title: “Be the Church: Love God” What a bizarre story! Acts 14 opens with Paul and Barnabas, who are running from the Jewish authorities in a big town called Iconium, located in modern day Turkey. After hearing Paul and Barnabas’s message, the authorities in Iconium are furious with […]
Texts (click the text to read it): John 20:19-31, Acts 4:32-35 Today, we have 2 texts about faith and flexibility. Faith is not meant to be static. Some of what we were taught as children, we still believe. But some of it, we’ve reimagined or reinterpreted or reevaluated, based on life experience, new knowledge, and […]
After the resurrection, the Disciples don’t recognize Jesus at first. In the early morning fog, Mary thinks Jesus is the gardener. In our text from Luke, we hear that two other Disciples believe him to be an ordinary traveler on the road. And who can blame them? We’ve all had those […]
Hosanna! (Hosanna!) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna! (Hosanna) Growing up in Sunday school, I always thought of Palm Sunday as a big parade. It’s a celebration. Yes, it was a bit different than parades we usually attend. The guest of honor rides in on a donkey instead of […]
Scriptures (click links to be redirected to the scripture): Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12 Introduction to Psalm 51: In order to understand today’s text, we need to know the backstory. King David, the man who as a boy slew the giant Goliath, has gotten himself into a bit of trouble. King David, the […]
If there’s any reason to come to Bible study, it’s texts like these… We won’t be able to get into the nitty gritty of everything in the next 10 minutes, but I do promise I’ll unpack some of the craziness of the snakes and Jesus on the cross to the best of my abilities. If […]
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