May 17 – Looking for God?

Ancient of Days by William Blake

What is your image of God? To some extent, each person holds concepts that describe the ordering principals of life that answers both: How did we get here? and How will we go forward from here? Communities of faith call these principal theology, or the study of God, the source of those principles. Ancient of… Continue reading May 17 – Looking for God?

May 3 – The Great Ends of the Church

Bread and Chalice

Sit, stay, and save souls. Staying Safe at Home may not be an effective evangelism tool, but it does save souls. Keeping people alive and healthy is part of the Great Ends of the Church: "the promotion of social righteousness." Thus our demonstrating care with one another is part of how we build the Church.… Continue reading May 3 – The Great Ends of the Church

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

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

Day 29 with the Belhar

We believe … that, in obedience to Jesus Christ, its only head, the church is called to confess and to do all these things, even though the authorities and human laws might forbid them and punishment and suffering be the consequence. — from the Belhar Confession But Peter and the apostles answered [chief priests], “We must obey God… Continue reading Day 29 with the Belhar

People on Fire

A new church member showed up in worship wearing his firefighting equipment: insulated pants, water proof coat, air tank, and face mask. His hard hat he carried under his arm. “I read about the Holy Spirit dancing like flames,” he said gesturing at his suit. He was right to come prepared. The Holy Spirit is… Continue reading People on Fire

Open Doors

I had many interruptions that week, several years ago, as well as several urgent tasks that delayed my sermon preparation later and later in the week. So on Saturday morning I took my laptop to to our daughter’s softball game, hoping to make a little progress while watching her over the top of the screen.… Continue reading Open Doors

Turn Around

Who would you invite to dinner? Occasionally on arriving at a crowded restaurant  with dozens of people waiting for a table I wonder if I could convince strangers to share a table with us, so the hostess could sit us four to a table instead of two at two different tables. I wonder if the hostess… Continue reading Turn Around

Committed to Witness – Sunday

“Rather, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) The book of Acts makes it clear that by the power of the Holy Spirit, followers of Jesus are to… Continue reading Committed to Witness – Sunday

Committed to Christ – Thursday

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. (Acts 2:42) In Acts chapter 2, we find an amazing story. We are told that on the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter and other disciples were given the gift of the Holy Spirit and began… Continue reading Committed to Christ – Thursday