This week the United States of America celebrates the audacity of a few people to dare to bring forth on this continent a new nation "deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed ... to effect their safety and happiness." (Declaration of Independence, July 1776) The Old Testament lesson for this Sunday begins… Continue reading July 7 – Audacious Words
How does God speak to us? At Mount Horeb Elijah did not hear God in a storm, nor in an earthquake, nor in a fire, but in the sound of sheer silence. When Elijah needed food and drink in the desert, did God use the messenger sent by Jezebel to kill Elijah? He could have… Continue reading June 30 – Thunder and Silence
Elijah's battle with the prophets of Baal would make for great television scene. One despised troublemaker against 450 popular preachers. This ancient battle was over who gets to determine the truth. Alas, even divine fireworks were not enough to finally end this argument. Today we call this battle Church and State. I will have more… Continue reading June 23 – God Answers
"Could conflict transformation skills be used to heal the growing political rift in this nation?" an Elder asked when I had offered to teach such a class designed for church conflict. A recent University of Michigan study of the US House of Representatives and Senate shows that political polarization has become worse over the past… Continue reading May 26 – Leaves for Healing
Imagine if for the fifty days between Easter and Pentecost that Christians would live each day as if they already live in the New Jerusalem that John writes about in the closing chapters of Revelation. Of course Christians are called to live everyday showing their allegiance to the Lord. But if during Lent we strive… Continue reading May 19 – Living in the New Jerusalem
This Sunday we honor those servants of God whom we call mothers, those who have and those who continue to nurture us in the presence of the winds of life. Mother's Day has a complicated history, perhaps contributing to confusion of where that apostrophe belongs. Although maternal sacrifices have been a central honor of this… Continue reading May 12 – Resurrected Life
Have you heard a story about who gets into heaven? The amusing ones frequently play on the idea of seeing an unexpected person in heaven. The people who first read the Revelation of John were being persecuted by those in power. Those early Christians, mostly recently converted Jews, may have been longing for the Lion… Continue reading May 5 – You? Here?
Do you know about the best prank ever?Just when the Devil thought that Jesus had been inescapably trapped, Resurrection happened. This Sunday you will sing new words to familiar tunes that will fill your heart with joy. Many pastors challenge themselves to find one relevant joke for each sermon. This Sunday my goal is to… Continue reading April 28 – Holy Humor Sunday
The joy of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, is easy to understand. Songs wish that every day could be Christmas. The grief of Good Friday, is also relatable. But the joy of Easter? Resurrection is not an everyday event. Or is it? Each Gospel as a slightly different ending for the first Easter Sunday morning… Continue reading April 21 – Who did you see?
On Good Friday, the day Christians remember Jesus having been betrayed, arrested, quickly tried and convicted, then crucified and buried, our sanctuary will be open from noon until 3 p.m. for anyone interested in quiet meditation and prayers. Should you be unable to come here on Friday, April 19th during these hours, we offer the… Continue reading April 19 – Prayers for Good Friday