We are a Mission Church. I had just spoken these words to our accountant who comes in quarterly to help us keep current with taxes and the like. She looked a little confused. Then a young man came into the office. He had the tell-tale number tattoo on the side of his head. He asked … Continue reading The Mission Field
An Epiphany! I love it when I get to have an epiphany! It is like the moment when, in your head, pops the word you need to finish the crossword puzzle but 100 times better because it isn’t only an answer you find but God. Of course, it is the wrong season for Epiphany. Today is … Continue reading An Old Fashioned Altar Call
What are you waiting for? This rhetorical question is often used to get us moving and doing. But that’s not the intent today. Our Psalm proclaims “I will wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope…my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more … Continue reading What are you waiting for?
The Bible never depicts this world as being fair but it does show us a way through the trouble. A very Jewish tale is told in Mark 6: 17 – 29. In summary, Herod divorces his first wife to marry Herodias. John the Baptists suggests that this is not a good idea. His advice angers … Continue reading Change Your World
From the book, The Eternal Now, sermons of Paul Tillich written for college aged young people: "Our lanugage has wisely sensed two sides of man's being alone. It has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone." On … Continue reading Loneliness and Solitude
Christianity certainly has a rich back story found in the Hebrew scriptures. But today I’m more interested in the “after story,” what happens when the final scene has ended. The gospel of John tells the story of Jesus but is written long after Jesus died; long after the resurrection encounters. Yet, despite John being the … Continue reading Speaking Jesus
Easter morning—He is Risen!—He is Risen, Indeed! Sin and Salvation Jonathan Edwards shouts out We are sinners in the hands of an angry God Look what we have done To ourselves Our neighbors Our nation Our world Our God Look at what we haven’t done For ourselves Our neighbors Our nation Our world Our God … Continue reading An Easter Call