Sabbath Keeping

"Please silence your phone as we prepare for worship," the liturgist reminds the congregation each Sunday. We hope that for the next hour we might focus on God. But my phone is my connection for ministry. And you?  I had the privilege of participating in a Navajo Blessing Way. As part of that ceremony we placed… Continue reading Sabbath Keeping

Seeing the LORD

I am not worried about the long term future of the Church. It has been perverted and used by various people throughout history and it continues to survive after thousands of years. On the other hand, the short term prognosis for this congregation, for the Presbyterian Church, and for the entire Church of Jesus Christ… Continue reading Seeing the LORD

Show Us the Spirit

Wear something red for Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. The day when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples as flames. Sermon Notes for Pentecost, May 20, 2018 For two thousand years Jesus has been on trial. The Bible even lays out the strongest evidence against him. Pentecost refutes those claims. At the start… Continue reading Show Us the Spirit

Powerful Faith

Sermon Notes for May 13, 2018 We have a small night light, hidden under a bench, that lights our hall. That small light keeps me from stubbing my toe after shutting off the other lights on my way to bed. The power behind that light is sufficient to light up an entire football stadium changing… Continue reading Powerful Faith

Communion as Love

Who is your BFF? The discipline of texting, cramming one's thoughts into 140 characters or less, has added some interesting abbreviations to our vocabulary. BFF (best friends forever) might be a useful translation of the word Greek word φίλους. The usual translation of φίλους as 'friend' neglects that this word has its root in a verb… Continue reading Communion as Love

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