October 3, 2021 Mark 10:2-16 There are times when we are assigned a text for Sundays where we struggle and wonder what the heck the Bible is attempting to say. This Sunday’s gospel lesson is one of those texts. It is disturbing because each one of us can most likely share a story of divorce… Continue reading Jesus Welcomes All!
September 5, 2021 Mark 7:24-37 Being human can be a challenge. Many times, we are ruled by our emotions and many times this is good, however, sometimes we let our emotions get the better of us. One of those emotions which can run rampant is anger. Now, there is a difference from righteous anger, such… Continue reading Even Jesus can Learn!
August 29, 2021 Mark 7:1-8, 14-23 An argument about handwashing! How fitting for where we are today. Not too many argue about the benefits of washing hands. However, we have seen plenty of protests in favor and against vaccines and/or mask wearing. It is amazing to hear some of the things that have come out… Continue reading Washing in our Brokenness
July 18, 2021 Matthew 6:30-34, 53-56 Apathy is something we could all easily excel. These past 16 months have taught us how to be apathetic. It is easy to become overwhelmed and numbed by the events surrounding the pandemic and the world in general. Therefore, it is easy to find a nice, secluded place and… Continue reading Compassion loves
May 16, 2021 1 John 5:9-13 I have been struck these past several weeks by the letter of 1 John. It has instilled in me a whole new appreciation for the Johannine community. It is founded in respect and ultimately a great love that is embodied in Jesus Christ. Our journey together through the letter… Continue reading Eternal Life Now
May 9, 2021 1 John 5:1-6 Growing up, I was captivated by the work of M.C. Escher. Trying to determine in many of his drawings whether the stairs were ascending or descending. Where did they start and where did they end? In much of his art, he incorporated the use of a Mobius strip. For… Continue reading Faith in Action
May 2, 2021 1 John 4:7-21 Can you point to a time in your life where you truly had a deep love for your neighbor? I am not talking about the way you love a partner, or your family. I am talking about a love that goes beyond barriers. Barriers we have self-constructed. Francis of… Continue reading God Is Love
April 25, 2021 1 John 3:16-24 “On a mound of dirt on a wind-combed prairie in northern Wyoming, the rarest mammal in North America is dancing. He prances and bucks, then stops. Then hops—forward, forward, backward, side-hop left—spins around, and dives into the hole at the center of the mound. A four-beat wait. His black… Continue reading A Love for Creation
April 18, 2021 1 John 3:1-7 Jenny’s mother died when she was incredibly young. She would spend her elementary years living with an abusive father and trying to avoid him as much as possible. Coming to rely on a best friend she invited to sit next to her on the bus in those years would… Continue reading I Am a Child of God
March 14, 2021 John 3:14-21 Judgement and condemnation! I don’t know about you, but as I read beyond the well-known John 3:16 verse, I have more questions than answers. So, God did not send Jesus to condemn the world, ok I understand that. If God did not send Jesus to condemn the world, why are… Continue reading God Loves All!