Feb. 16 – Growing Disciples

Considering the theological density of letters written by the Apostle Paul found in the New Testament, if First Corinthians is merely milk, what did he consider solid food? I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now, for you are still of the flesh. For as… Continue reading Feb. 16 – Growing Disciples

Feb. 9 – Boy Scout Sunday

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This Sunday we will welcome scouts from Cub Scout Pack 188 to lead us in worship. Scouts who have previously stood at our lectern and read an announcement or prayer have reported how this experience boosts their confidence for other speaking occasions. Speaking Words of Wisdom "Whenever you do something," a conference leader had said,… Continue reading Feb. 9 – Boy Scout Sunday

Feb. 2 – P.U.P.

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When we ordain and install new elders they "promise to further the peace, unity, and purity of the church." The need for peace, unity, and purity is readily seen from the absence of any one of the three. A church focused on Unity and Purity, without Peace, can be described as fused and conflicted. Their… Continue reading Feb. 2 – P.U.P.

Testing and Endurance

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"Since we are faithful, why do we suffer?" Is perhaps the oldest religious question. A question that many ask even this day. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians is likely a response to a long list of questions and complaints from disciples in a congregation that Paul had started some years earlier. While we do… Continue reading Testing and Endurance

Body Building

Several years ago, my doctor asked me about my eating, especially at church events. "As pastor," I said, "I need to try a little bit of what each person brings so as not to offend anyone." After additional prodding I admitted that this included about a half-a-dozen small portions of the various deserts. My wise… Continue reading Body Building

Temples for the Holy Spirit

How well do you house the Holy Spirit? Or do you not know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit within you … — 1 Corinthians 6:19 Historically temples have been places where gods were perceived as living. Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem as a place not so much to house God, but… Continue reading Temples for the Holy Spirit

Charisma

Confessing "Jesus is Lord" has implications for how we observe our daily lives.

Two-thousand years ago, confessing "Jesus is Lord" was akin to committing treason, especially in a culture that regularly confessed that Caesar was Lord. Even today confessing Jesus is Lord has challenging social and political consequences.

Priorities

Was there ever one Christian Church? Today we squabble between claiming Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Episcopal, Methodist, independent, or … This seems little changed from the problem St Paul had encountered with the church in Corinth. What I mean is that each of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos,"… Continue reading Priorities

Enriched for Mission!

I am thankful that God has called me to a diverse congregation. If we were of one mind on everything I doubt we would be as successful. I suspect that Paul particularly liked the church at Corinth because it too had a some strong personalities leading to some sharp differences of opinion. Yet to this… Continue reading Enriched for Mission!

Growing in Service

What good does service do? Trying to do some good for a family devastated by a massive tornado in 1999, I helped build them a new a house. This tornado had robbed the ground along its path of very blade of grass. It had bent massive I-beams that once supported a home as if they were a twist-tie for a… Continue reading Growing in Service