Keeping the Faith

February 7, 2021
The Isaiah passage comes on the heels of the Babylonian exile.  What these exiles need to hear, what they need to know and believe, what they need to trust and…
Jesus' sermon is interrupted by a demon-possessed man.  Most of us think of Sunday worship as a time of quiet and contemplation - a time of centering and serenity.  And…

Our Time is God’s Time

January 24, 2021
In Mark 1:15, Jesus proclaims:  "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news."  One can sense the urgency of…

Two Old Prophets and a Baby

December 27, 2020
When Joseph and Mary present Jesus to the Lord in Jerusalem, they dedicate this child's life to God signifying that the child Jesus will be "holy to the Lord" (Luke…

When God Becomes Small

December 20, 2020
Elizabeth's impossible situation and wonder at what the Lord has done for her sets us up for Mary's equally incredulous story.  The angel responds to Mary's wonderment with those stirring…
If the church said, "Christ is ruler of the church (and only, the church)," then we could say that, though his kingdom is small, it is growing.  But the church…
We mainline Christians are apt to be discomforted by Matthew's apocalyptic predictions.  There's no doubt that Matthew (in a way unlike Mark, Luke, or John) asserts that divine judgment is…

Self-Serving Worship

November 8, 2020
God is the active maker of history in Joshua's account who took Abram's hand and led him into a new land.  Abraham didn't seem to have much choice in the…

Learning from the Saints

November 1, 2020
Amid all the judgment and dread, this Sunday's reading from Revelation gives God's people a glimpse of the divine blessing that awaits them.  Four angels guard the four corners of…