December 10, 2017 – Second Sunday of Advent/Mark 1:1-8 One of the things that has always fascinated me about the Upstate of South Carolina is that one minute you can be driving through an urban mix of stores, factories, and houses, and the next minute you can find yourself in the country, cows grazing along the… Read More A Wilderness Journey
December 3, 2017 —First Sunday of Advent/Mark 13:24-37 In 1969 the band Chicago, a group of guys from the city of the same name, released its first album. The album featured the groups’ mix of pop guitar and drums, saxophones, trumpets, and trombones. One of the songs on that record – which later became a hit… Read More What Time Is It?
November 28, 2017 – Christ the King Sunday/Ephesians 1:15-23 The picture shows a multistory building constructed of large block made of mud and stacked one atop the other. Each building is striped with colors ranging from the palest beige to orangey-pink, varying with the tones of the mud from which the bricks were made. A… Read More All Things
November 19, 2017/Matthew 25:31-46 For many years when our children were younger, and even after they had grown too old to participate in the time for children, I offered a special lesson during Advent. Most of the lesson consisted of a story in song, a well-known Christmas carol titled, “Some Children See Him.” Before I… Read More The Face of God
November 12, 2017/Matthew 25:14-30 Any of you who are wise in the ways of investments may have read today’s sermon title and wondered why I am preaching on doubling your money. For those of you who are more like me than my husband, you may never have heard of the Rule of 72. Because if… Read More Rule of 72
November 5, 2017/Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Financial planners tell us that the first step in getting our spending under control is to figure out just where our money is going. I don’t know if any of you have ever sat down with your credit card statements or checking account register and added up the dollars that… Read More Whom Shall We Serve?
October 29, 2017 – Reformation Sunday/Deuteronomy 34:1-12 A couple of weeks ago, Jeff and I were watching NCIS, the hit drama that follows the work of a team of Naval investigators as they try to solve crimes involving sailors or Marines. The clue that helped them eventually solve that week’s crime was a bumper sticker… Read More Soli Fide, Soli Gratia, Soli Scriptura
October 22, 2017/Exodus 33:12-23 For our grandson Kaeden, belief is a simple thing. He believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. With the total innocence of a child, he believes what he is told without question. When a friend declares that he is married to a penguin, Kaeden believes it –… Read More Seeing and Knowing
October 15, 2017/Exodus 32:1-14 Those Israelites. True, it has been a long journey, and they have not yet reached that promised land. Yes, Moses has been on the mountaintop – away from them – for a long time. It really wasn’t a good idea for him to hang around up there in the fire and… Read More Aaron’s Folly
October 8, 2017/Philippians 3:4b-14 He grew up in the church. He grew up in the church, and I don’t even remember his trying to get out of going on Sunday mornings. It was what we did, in our family. He was taught in Sunday school classes, explored creeks with our pastor, was nurtured in youth… Read More Personal Testimony