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5/16/2017 - Broken Pot

We are all valuable in ways that we can’t always see but God does.

5/09/2017 - Outside the Sanctuary

Last week we explored the parallels between sports fans and church attendees. In comparison, how can a church be perceived as a “winner” to bring in members?

5/02/2017 - Sports Fans

The question for every sports franchise and church is how to turn everyone into a diehard fan.

4/25/2017 - Coping with Loss

Loss can be heartbreaking, whether through death or a change in a relationship.  In both cases, we must grieve for what we have lost.

4/18/2017 - Resurrection Is Only the Beginning

The ending of the gospel of Mark is remarkable and can be unsettling compared to the other accounts.

4/11/2017 - Holy Week

Our call is to stand firm with Christ through this Holy Week, and to uphold one another in a world threatened in so many ways.

4/ 4/2017 - A Prayer for Peace

3/28/2017 - Knowing Our God

Learning as a spiritual practice.

3/21/2017 - Who Is Our Neighbor?

How does a Church balance the needs our neighbor, whether they come from next door or are those in most need of our assistance?

3/14/2017 - Time of Reflection

Lent can be a time for reflection.

3/07/2017 - The Amazon and the Atheist

The jungle taught me a few things.

2/28/2017 - Arc of the Moral Universe

God’s righteousness demands that we deal with each other in grace, mercy, and forgiveness.  However, there must be accountability for our actions. 

2/21/2017 - Rogue One

The Holy Spirit can supply us with courage and comfort much as the Force did for Chirrut Imwe.  Emboldened by the Holy Spirit we can do all things through God.

2/14/2017 - Your Facebook Page

Would your long deceased relative be able to tell that you are a Christian without you saying it explicitly?  Are the fruits of the Spirit reflected in your newsfeed?

2/07/2017 - Hunger in the Land

This Black History month let us remember those stories and share the knowledge gleaned from the lived experience of a people that are in integral part of the tapestry that is the United States.

1/31/0217 - Word Cloud of Mark 1-8 

A word cloud of Mark 1-8 yields some interesting results.

1/24/2017 - Helping Us Out of a Hole

"This guy's walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can't get out."

1/17/2017 - Attracting New Members

What we can provide is a body of believers, with a place for them to plug into.  How do we do that?  By working on the ministry and mission God has called us to do.

1/10/2017 - Choosing to Love

Love is hard especially when the command is to love your enemy.  Love your neighbor can be done.

12/6/2017 - Time for Reflection

The end of the year is not an unusual time for reflection.

11/30/2017 - Waiting Is About Letting Go

Hachiko was a dog who always greeted his master at the train station at the precise time his master’s train would deliver him from work. One day, Hachiko’s master did not step off the train to greet his friend. 

11/23/2016 - Advent: Nelson Mandela

Waiting can be busy.  Nelson Mandela was one of the 20th Centuries most revered activists and leaders for racial equality and a man who knew how to wait. He waited in jail for 27 years.

11/15/2016 - Advent: A Time of Waiting

How long have you waited for something? 30 minutes going through the check-out line? An hour for a table at a restaurant?

11/8/2016 - Fear and Worry

What do you worry about on a daily basis?  We often feel that we must worry to demonstrate our concern and understanding of the world.  But when do we cease our worry?

11/1/2016 - God Shaped Hole

There is this … longing in this country. A tremendous thirst that yearns to be pacified. A hole inside us that feels infinite. A part that all human beings have that seems to be – missing.

10/25/2016 - Listening

No matter which side wins in the coming election, afterward the people of the United States need to come together as a nation and deal with the many challenges and opportunities that exist for our country

10/18/2016 - In The Fall

“The trees are about to show you just how beautiful letting go can be.” Anonymous

10/11/2016 - Disruptors of History

Why Do We Study History?  To remember the past, to decipher the present and to form a more perfect future.

10/04/2016 - Master Yoda and Believing

The Star Wars movie series can teach us lessons about good, evil, redemption, and the power of faith. Here is one example of how we can tie secular stories like Star Wars to our Christian beliefs to help us find lessons in the modern world. 

9/27/2016 - Surrender

We’ve all done it.  Fought for what we wanted.  We are expected to in this day and age.  If you haven’t fought for it, you aren’t worthy of it.  We need to win.  But what of surrender?

9/20/2016 - Chronic Fear

Fear.  It serves a purpose.  It lets us know when we are threatened with death or major bodily harm.  Without fear we would have died out as a species long ago

9/13/2016 - Disability Then and Now

In Mark 2:1-12 we have the story of the paralyzed man being taken to Jesus via the roof of a poor person’s home because the crowds were so great they couldn’t get him through the front door. 

9/06/2016 - Speaking to Millenials

With classes starting at colleges and universities around the country, here are some interesting facts about this year’s class of 2020 …

8/30/2016 - Why?

When disasters - both natural and manmade - occur, there always seems to be a lot of voices telling us why it happened. 

8/23/2016 - Sin of Violence

The first time “sin” is mentioned in the bible is in Genesis 4:7. 

8/16/2016 - Cat Theology

Cats aren’t too different from us.

8/09/2016 - Call and Response with the Bible

n African American churches there is a style of preaching called the “call and response.”  It asks for congregation participation in the preaching of the Word.  The preacher leaves room for a response from the congregation.

8/02/2016 - Painting a Canvas

Indeed, ministry is a canvas God prepares for us to use our creativity in reaching out to one another.  Too often we look for formulas, statistics and processes to help us “do” ministry. 

7/26/2016 - Loaves and Fishes

Parker Palmer tells the story of coming home from a speech in Saskatoon on a 6 a.m. Air Canada flight to his home to Wisconsin

7/19/2016 - Crossword Puzzle

7/12/2016 - New Heaven and New Earth

With all that is happening in the world today there is talk about the End of days being near, by both sides of the belief spectrum, granted for very different reasons. 

7/05/2016 - Can't Be Any Simpler

In Mark 9:38-41 (CEB) we have a story of who is in and who is out.

6/28/2016 - The Voice of God

What does the voice of God sound like?

6/21/2016 - A Coincidence

Both words “dog” and “god” have a murky etymological history.  No one is quite certain from where they evolved.  Is it mere coincidence that they are semi-palindromes of each other?

6/14/2016 - One Week Later

The opposite of love is not hate.  Hate is the flip side of love.  The opposite of love is indifference.

6/07/20161 - An Unclean Jesus

The story of the woman washing Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair is one of the few stories in the gospels of someone reaching out physically to Jesus.

5/31/2016 - Different But Same

There is a constant struggle within humanity between our individuality and our shared uniformity.

5/24/2016 - Resurrection Power?

Throughout the gospels we have stories that allude to resurrection. 

5/17/2016 - John 66:6 Turning Away

We have all “turned away” because of some “harsh message,” teaching, personal interaction or debate

5/10/2016 - The Greatest Commmandment

Every religion has some aspect of the Golden Rule within its theology.

5/03/2016 - Sand Creek Massacre

For every truth there is grace.  For every justice there is peace.

4/26/2016 - A New Psalm

Loving God, on the day that Jesus was crucified, the curtain which hung in the Temple separating the Holy of Holies from the rest of the massive structure was torn in two from top to bottom.

4/19/2016 - Orange Construction Barrels

“Orange construction barrels are our new state flower.”

4/12/2016 - Selfies

“Selfies” are often thought of as the pinnacle of narcissism. 

4/05/2016 - Birds

Birds have many hazards in their lives. 

3/29/2016 - Vengeance

Too often when we take justice into our own hands, it rarely turns out as we think it should.

3/22/2016 - Dust In the Wind

We will all die eventually. Even inanimate objects such as our clothes and plastic bags will be absorbed into the earth in another form.

3/15/2016 - Holy Week

Holy Week has been domesticated. 

3/08/2016 - Our Competitve Nature

Today we seem to be trained by our society to be competitive in every facet of our lives.

3/01/2016 - Job's Pain

Job, who experienced much pain in his life, wondered “why.”

2/25/2016 - Painful Wisdom

Pain is but a warning sign that lets us know something isn’t right.

2/16/2016 - Doubt Is Essential

Doubt is essential to the life of a believer, the faithful. 

2/09/2016 - Servant Leadership

Servant leadership has been a hot topic in business management literature. 

2/02/2016 - Praying With Our Legs

 While prayer is an action of faith, as Frederick Douglass reminds us, it is not the only action of faith.

1/30/2016 - Fishers of Men

An understanding of "fishes of men" can be put forth that is more prophetic in nature.

1/23/2016 - Trust

Trust once broken is very hard to mend.

1/15/2016 - Star Wars

What is it about the Star Wars movies that fascinate us?

1/11/2016 - Promised Land

God’s eyes are upon us as we enter this new year.

12/31/2015 - Vision Not Status and Privilege

In Mark 10, we meet Bartimaeus, a blind beggar.

12/21/2015 - New Year

As the calendar year comes to an end, the church calendar has already begun.

12/14/2015 - Gifts Under the Christmas Tree

Gifts under the Christmas tree are a small receptacle of anticipation. 

12/07/2015 - Schindler's List

There are some movies that elicit very strong emotions even though they can often be difficult to watch. 

11/24/2015 - Mary

What that first “advent season” must have been like for Mary.

11/17/2015 - Do Not Be Afraid

Be fearless the bible admonishes us.

11/10/2015 - Prayers for the Persecuted Church

For the first time in nearly 2000 years, there are almost no Christians in Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq.

11/03/2015 - Crisis

Millions are making their way to Western Europe in search of asylum. 

10/26/2015 - Waiting

The one promised to them did not come for days and they wondered why the Holy Spirit waited for so long.

10/20/2015 - Pastor Appreciation

While the laity are the hands and feet of the church the pastor can be considered the heart of the body. 

10/13/2015 - Thoughts, Prayers, Action

Sometimes “thoughts and prayers” are not enough.  While both are extremely important, they should lead one to action!

10/06/2015 - Serving

The Pope practices what he preaches.

9/30/2015 - Sound

It is through sound that we shape all other input received from our senses ...

9/23/2015 - Concerns

So it is with us that we sometimes miss the blessing for worrying about the details.

9/15/2015 - Anxiety

Anxiety is no longer a singular state of being.  It has become a chronic condition for many people who live their entire days under a constant state of stress.

9/08/2015 - Do Not Defraud

In other words, don’t take that which isn’t yours.

9/01/2015 - Reading the Bible

Reading the bible and finding the appropriate translation can be a daunting task.

8/25/2015 - Redwoods' Roots

We can learn something from the Redwood trees of California.

8/18/2015 - Even the Dogs Under the Table

In Mark 7: 24-30, Jesus seems to insult a Gentile woman by comparing her to a dog.

8/11/2015 - Rebuilding the Lord’s House

In Haggai 1, the Israelites have returned to Jerusalem.  They rebuild their city, their homes.  But the Temple is not rebuilt.

8/04/2015 - Manna

In Exodus 16, Moses (Moshe) tells the people to not save the manna God has sent them.  He tells them to not set aside any to have for the next day.

7/28/2015 - Summer

Why does the season of summer exist?

7/21/2015 - Keys To Life Part Three

Be kind always so that you may forgive quickly.

7/14/2015 - Keys To Life Part Two

In order to live generously, we must live simply.

7/07/2015 - First Three Keys to Life

6/30/2015 - Two By Two

When Jesus sends his disciples out two by two with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, one pair of sandals and a staff, he puts them in a position of relying on radical hospitality from those they meet on the Way. 

6/23/2015 - Tale of Two Daughters

Mark 5:21-43 is the tale of two daughters.

6/16/2015 - Search Engine

If one searches via google with the words, “Why are Christians so …” this is what shows up as the most likely searches:

6/09/2015 - Giving and Receiving

We are taught from an early age to give graciously.  We are taught to share.

6/02/2015 - Mr. Rogers and the Holy Spirit

When children’s television host Mr. Rogers was asked why he talked so slowly, his answer was that the time between speaking and hearing was sacred.

5/26/2015 - God Is Thinking Of You

5/19/2015 - Anticipation

As a child, we look forward to special events, and there are special occasions as adults that we do as well.

5/12/2015 - Authenticity

What was it that drew people to Jesus?

5/05/2015 - A Prayer

4/28/2015 - Cain and Able

According to Genesis 4:5, the New Jewish Publication Society (JPS) translation from the traditional Hebrew text, “God paid no heed” to Cain’s offering.

4/21/2015 - We Are the Church

Where does your church reside?

4/14/2015 - David and Goliath

In Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants he presents an argument that Goliath is not the seemingly impossible enemy we have thought him to be.

4/07/2015 - After Easter

It is now our turn to pick up our crosses, not solely for use in our crucifixions but as the burden we bear to carry out Jesus’ ministry here on earth.

3/31/2015 - Fig Tree

On his way between Jerusalem and Bethany in Mark 11:12-14, 20-21, we have this peculiar story of a fig tree. 

3/24/2015 - Hope

We Christians can bring hope to a hurting world.  Hope that is not deferred and is not elusive, but a hope that is real and alive in the world today.  Hope that is both a verb and a noun.

3/17/2015 - Complaining

We love to complain, and for some of us it even seems to be in our genetic makeup.

3/10/2015 - Mistakes

Mistakes. We’ve all made them.  How we handle them, tells us a lot about who we are.

3/03/2015 - Let Go!

It is like that sometimes in life.  We tread water, perfectly content in our little part of the world, until a wave of change or chaos comes down on top of us.