Theologians have debated for centuries about why Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River. After all, if John’s baptism was for the forgiveness of sin, why was Jesus baptized? Did he need his sins to be washed away?
Sunday, November 5th, 2017 ~ 22nd Sunday After Pentecost
God has called us to see the world through his eyes, selfless eyes. We don’t do this alone. God’s word at work in us: shaping us, empowering us, directing us, and changing us. In the eyes of Christians the most important person is Jesus Christ; Jesus first, and Jesus always.
Sunday, October 29th, 2017 ~ 21st Sunday After Pentecost
When a person is baptized and God’s promises are sealed upon them, we, the church, are asked a couple of questions: do you promise to instruct this person by word and example in the truth of God’s Word, and in the way of salvation through Jesus Christ? Do you promise to pray for this person and teach them to pray? Do you promise to nurture them within the body of believers as citizens of Christ’s kingdom? Those vows bind us to a Christian Continuum of Care.
Our God is bigger than us, wiser than we can know and that frees us up to be human and accept there are some divine realities that we won’t fully understand, and that is alright. You have been thought about by God for millennia. You are loved by God just because. So go, turn, serve, and wait.
In Paul’s letter to the Romans he asked the church “Why do you pass judgment on one another?” (v.10) If one person thinks that they should worship on one day of the week rather than another, or thinks that they should not eat meat because it may have been offered to an idol and therefore eats only vegetables, what difference is it to you?
15th Sunday after Pentecost September 10th, 2017
A few weeks ago one of our college students asked me if I would be willing to read C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters with him. Well, that was music to my ears because I love The Screwtape Letters! I’ve led multiple adult studies on the book, including a couple here at First Federated Church. I love Lewis’s wit and insight into the nature of sin and how we can easily think that we are being all pious and religious and be neither!