Connected by Love

Acts 8:26-31, 36-40 I John 4:7-12, 18-21 John 15:1-8 Today’s readings could easily turn into three sermons, or an hour lecture. But, that might be a bit much for any of us to handle. They chart a theological adventure lived out in everyday life. They tell us of God’s nearness, and presence in ordinary acts […]

The Deeper Magic

Mark 16:1-8 Recently my grandsons, Kate, and I saw a film version of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe. As you may recall, the story describes the adventures of four children in Narnia, an enchanted land lying just beyond the wardrobe. Occupied by an evil queen, the once verdant Narnia is now desolate; […]

A God with Skin

Once upon a time, a little boy had trouble falling asleep. His father read him one story, and then another, and he still couldn’t fall asleep. Finally, his father was getting tired and said, “It’s time for me to go to bed.” The boy responded, “I don’t want to be alone.” His dad replied, “You […]

When Scripture Gets It Wrong?

Do any remember Samuel L. Jackson’s film “Snakes on a Plane?” If you saw it, and you might not want to admit it – a gangster puts snakes on a plane to kill a witness and the poisonous snakes run rampant biting people until the hero saves the day! Today’s scripture could easily be called […]

Relationships Not Rules

Exodus 20:1-17 John 2:13-16 How many of you had to memorize the Ten Commandments as children? I remember it being a challenge for me as an eight-year-old to memorize these verses. It was also challenging for my prim and proper Sunday School teacher Miss Beebe to explain. Some commandments were straightforward. Sabbath keeping and honoring […]

The Good News of Repentance: A Covenant with Creation

Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1;9-15 In the wake a cataclysm that almost destroyed the human and non-human world, the bible tells the story of Noah finding solid ground and receiving God’s promise of a hopeful future. Despite the great flood, God offers humankind and the non-human world a new beginning. God gives humankind and its non-human […]

Transfigured

Mark 9:2-9 Annie Dillard once said that when we come to church we must be prepared to strap ourselves to the pews and put on our crash helmets. God might just show up, and turn our world upside down. High on a mountaintop, Jesus, Elijah, and Moses, are bathed in light. Dead prophets and spiritual […]

A Day in the Life of Jesus

Mark 1:29-39 How do you spend your day? We’re just back from Disneyworld, and in the week before we left, the boys counted down the days – five days, four days, three days, two days, it’s tomorrow! We’re leaving today! You know, there are 1,440 minutes and 86,400 seconds in a day, and as the […]

Healing and Hospitality

Mark 1:21-28 I want to tell you a story from the bible about Jesus’ love for a person who didn’t belong. Here’s what we know about him – All his life, he’d been an outsider. He never fit in at school. He never had any friends. People made fun of him, because he was different; […]

We are the One’s We’ve Been Waiting For

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Mark 1:14-20 What is your good news? What is the good word you have to share with those around you? Sometimes the good news begins with a challenge – and it may initially sound like bad news – but in the end, we find our way, and experience better lives than we […]