Dust

October 28, 2018/Job 42:1-6, 10-17 Eugene Peterson died this week. Even if you’ve never heard of Eugene, he has touched you.  Maybe through his popular paraphrased version of the Bible, The Message.  Maybe through his influence on someone who stood here in this pulpit. It was early in my seminary studies that Eugene appeared in… Read More Dust

Are You Able?

October 21, 2018/Job 38:1-7 (34-41) When we left Job last week, he was suffering through the “comfort” of his friends.  Three of his contemporaries had dropped by, and for seven days they did everything right.  They hardly recognized him, so horrible were the sores that covered his body, the anguish that marked his face.  They… Read More Are You Able?

Where Is God?

October 14, 2018/Job 23:1-9, 16-17 Most folks have at least a passing knowledge of C.S. Lewis.  They know of him because they read – or read to their children – his Narnia tales.  They know of him because of his long friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, another British professor and writer of fantasies – remember Lord… Read More Where Is God?

Blameless

October 7, 2018/Job 1:1; 2:1-10 “There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job.” It’s the perfect set-up for a fairy tale, a “once-upon-a-time” sort of story.  We hear the opening words and we nod our heads – oh yes!  I remember that one.  We wait for the tale to… Read More Blameless

Cut It Off

September 30, 2018/Mark 9:38-50 I wonder if Jesus ever wanted to just throw his hands up and groan and walk away. The disciples in Mark’s gospel give him ample reason to turn his back on them.  Earlier in this chapter Jesus tells the disciples for the second time that he will be betrayed and killed… Read More Cut It Off