Month: February 2017

Changed for the Better

February 26, 2017 Matthew 17:1-9 While I was in seminary, every January we would be required to take a J-Term course. These courses varied from Biblical Hebrew, to ministering in the inner city, to trips to the Holy Land or Haiti. In my second…

Letting Go of the Bitterness

February 19, 2017 Matthew 5:38-48 For those of you that I have had the opportunity to work with and receive feedback from, hopefully you have learned that I am able to take criticism very well. I will admit that at times it helps redirect…

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance: A Review

This memoir has been added to many must read lists as we are now in a country where a Donald Trump presidency is possible. It is suppose to explain to some extent why the outcome of the election happened the way it did. It…

Be Reconciled

February 12, 2017 Matthew 5:21-37 Grace and Peace to you from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. I don’t know about you, but if there was any other day that I really wanted to focus on another text, it would be…

The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr: A Review

The Trinity is quite often an overlooked aspect of the spiritual life. We tend to think of God and Jesus Christ, yet tend to leave the notion of the Holy Spirit out of the equation. When we include all three into the equation, we…

Salt and Light

February 5, 2017 Matthew 5:13-20 Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Needless to say, the news of the past couple of weeks has been all over the place. At times, it has been riveting, in…

It isn’t Easy to Follow Jesus

January 29, 2017 Matthew 5:1-12 I don’t know about you, but I have always been a little anxious when starting something new. Whether it be a new school year with new teachers, or a new job with several new people to meet. Perhaps, I…