Tenth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Sunday, August 18th, 2019
Jesus did not come into this world to bless its brokenness. He came to show the world a new way. His message is an inconvenient truth. It is hard and uncomfortable. It challenges. It gets in the way of doing things “my way.” Our baptism gets in the way of life as we remember God’s claim upon our lives. As the letter to the Romans says, If we live, we live unto the Lord, and if we die, we die unto the Lord. So, whether we live or whether we die, we die unto the Lord. (14:8)
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Sunday, August 11th, 2019
I do not know if God has a Plan for our lives or not. But I do believe that God has a Purpose. The Westminster Divines said it best when they said that our Purpose is to glorify God for our game of life is over, everything goes back into the box.
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost ~ Sunday, July 28th, 2019
In times of spiritual drought, we must remember that God is not absent or aloof or even unconcerned. God’s eye is on the sparrow, as the old hymn reminds us. God cares for you and me. But like the clouds overhead that block out the blue sky above, so the trials, tribulations, joys, sorrows, and concerns of life block the blue skies of God’s Presence in our lives. Prayer is not about changing God. It is about changing us by opening our hearts, minds, and bodies to be receptive to God’s already and always present in our lives.
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Sunday, July 14th, 2019
Our ministry must be larger than ourselves if we are to be true to our call, our purpose. We worship a big God who calls us into a big world. In the face of estrangement, dysfunction, and strife we are challenged to speak the truth in love. We are challenged to learn how to forgive. We are challenged to seek reconciliation. We are challenged to commit ourselves to find an answer. A Samaritan church accepts the challenge.
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Sunday, July 7th, 2019
God decided to become one of us – one with us – in Jesus Christ. In Christ we see that God did for us what we could not do for ourselves. In Christ the Almighty reconciles us to God . In Christ God reaches out to us before we even lift a hand. In Christ God grabs us by the collar and plucks us from a sea of sin. No we are not perfect, but we are loved with a love that is relentless, constantly searching, constantly seeking, constantly calling our name; your name, my name.