Loving the Neighbor

Loving the Neighbor

Wednesday evening we took a few minutes to read and explore Mark 12:28-34. It’s one of those “confrontation” stories with a religious leader, but this one ends more positively. A scribe asks Jesus this question: “Which commandment is first of...
Miracles in Matthew

Miracles in Matthew

It worked before – twice actually – so we thought we’d try it again. I’m thinking about a few years ago when we invited Sunday School classes to study the same curriculum and we explored the same biblical passages and themes during Sunday morning worship....
Gratitude and Thankfulness

Gratitude and Thankfulness

A couple of Sundays ago, the sermon focused on Colossians 3:5-17. You may recall that passage from Colossians included 3 lists of 5 qualities (vv. 5, 8, 12). Some of the lists were encouraging and positive; some were not. There was so much I felt the need to say about...
Metaphors

Metaphors

The list was impressive but intentionally one-sided. It was on the membership application card for the church and if you wanted to become a member, you must sign the membership card, agreeing to the list. What was the list about? Things you would not do if you became...
Metaphors

Metaphors

The Indescribable God How can we describe the indescribable? How can we comprehend the incomprehensible? As we usually discover, scripture points us in the right direction, guiding our human quest to know and understand more.  The Old Testament tradition is full of...
Metaphors

Backward and Forward

Backward One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes (remember that sitcom?) was in season 9, “The Betrayal.” It’s one of my favorites for one reason – the entire episode is backward. The episode opens with the whole gang in India, sharing one-liners and criticisms that no...