Open Doors

Nine of the ten translations of the Bible on the shelf next to me relegate the 37th verse of the 8th chapter of the book of Acts to a footnote. Even my Greek New Testament includes it only as a footnote citing none of the oldest and most reliable manuscripts. Most (including the one translation… Continue reading Open Doors

Power Up

Wall missing cornerstone

I believe that God has laid the foundation of our lives with Christ as our cornerstone. We may reject that cornerstone, even try to pull it out, or build our lives aligned to it. Just as pulling a cornerstone from a real building may not have immediate consequences, rejecting Jesus as our spiritual cornerstone may not… Continue reading Power Up

Ministry Continues

You are witnesses of these things. — Luke 24:48 When writing reflections for a memorial service I like to list how the deceased had exemplified the Triune God; how he or she had demonstrated a love for creation and all of God's creatures, had connected people with one another, and had demonstrated divine grace and peace.… Continue reading Ministry Continues

We Declare

When asked to summarize the Bible in a sentence, I have repeated two verses from the First Letter of John: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, [God] who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse… Continue reading We Declare

Easter Surprise

God provided the greatest April Fools surprise! Jesus was dead. He had hung on a cross for hours. Soldiers had poked a spear into his side. His friends had placed him in a tomb and rolled a stone to seal it. Pilate had placed a guard at the tomb so no one could steal his… Continue reading Easter Surprise

Palm/Passion Sunday

The 6th Sunday In Lent, March 25th Holy week marks the last week of Lent, a time of preparation for Christ’s Resurrection, celebrated on Easter Sunday. Holy begins with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and concludes with Jesus' journey to the Cross. Will you participate in the parade and experience the emotional tumult of the journey… Continue reading Palm/Passion Sunday

An Orderly Telling of Passover

“Oh how I have longed to celebrate this Passover with you before I suffer.” … Then Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Please register for your place at… Continue reading An Orderly Telling of Passover

Forgive Yourself

Sometimes forgiving other people is easier than forgiving ourselves. Jesus told a parable about a young man who ran off with his inheritance, even before his father had died. When he runs out of money, he longs to eat the scraps given to the pigs. His pride got in the way of reconciling with his… Continue reading Forgive Yourself

Prayers for Good Friday

On Good Friday, the day Christians remember Jesus having been betrayed, arrested, quickly tried and convicted, then crucified and buried. On the Friday between Palm Sunday and Easter our sanctuary will be open from noon until 3 pm for anyone interested in quiet meditation and prayers. Should you be unable to come here, we offer the following… Continue reading Prayers for Good Friday

Forgiving Enemies

Do you know why Jonah was swallowed by a whale? Or what happened to Jonah after the whale spat him back onto dry land? You may have learned at an early age that God had told Jonah to preach to Nineveh, an evil and violent enemy of Israel. Instead Jonah went the opposite direction, and… Continue reading Forgiving Enemies