Blessings and Woes

February 17, 2019/Luke 6:17-26 These are not Matthew’s beatitudes. The dictionary defines that word “beatitude” as “a state of utmost bliss.”  Maybe that’s what Matthew had in mind as he wrote the poetic blessings that suggest God’s promise of a state of bliss at some point in the future.  “Blessed are the poor in spirit,… Read More Blessings and Woes

Empty Nets

February 10, 2019/Luke 5:1-11 There is a pattern – a formula, if you will – to call stories in the Bible.  You might think it would be pretty straightforward: God calls, the person summoned says okay, and God sends her off on assignment.  But it doesn’t work that way. Take Isaiah.  The verses we read… Read More Empty Nets

Many Gifts

February 3, 2019/I Corinthians 12:12-31 At one time, he had developed and led a confirmation study for youth at the church.  Not because he was on the Christian education committee – he wasn’t, or even because he was a ruling elder – he was, although he wasn’t active at the time.  He offered up hours… Read More Many Gifts

Common Good

January 20, 2019/I Corinthians 12:1-11 When our son Christopher’s oldest was about two years old, I was appropriately impressed that he knew all of his colors and shapes and could easily count to ten.  I thought he was quite smart.  But it had been awhile since I’d been around a two-year-old for any length of… Read More Common Good

You Are Beloved

January 13, 2019/Baptism of the Lord Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 All groups have ceremonies that signal the initiation of newcomers into the body.  Fraternities routinely haze new pledges – despite college administrators’ banning of the practice.  A couple of weeks ago, freshmen senators and representatives swore oaths of office, signaling their membership in the U.S. Congress. … Read More You Are Beloved