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!
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 16th, 2017
God isn’t like Louie who grew tired of Lily’s questions. God loves hearing from you, for you are God’s child, precious in his sight. So be bold and ask God all the “why” questions you have. God wants to hear them. The Bible tells us “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask God anything, God hears us” (1 John 5:14). God does not grow tired of listening to you. God doesn’t grow tire of the “why” questions. God is always listening to you.
Third Sunday after Pentecost 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 25, 2017
The story of Abraham is one of call; God’s call to Abraham. It is a story of Promise; God promises to make Abraham the father of many nations or people. It is also a call to Faith; God asks Abraham to be faithful, to trust God with his life. And this is where the train went off of the tracks. Abraham couldn’t be faithful.