“When God is Real”

February 11, 2018 Mark 9:2-9   When I was deciding between seminaries I spent a weekend at a prospective students event down in Princeton, where as part of the program three different scripture scholars were asked to offer presentations on the reasons why they would choose one gospel over the others as their favorite. The […]

“What’s the Message?”

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Feb. 4, 2018 1 Cor. 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39   I always wonder what you hear when we read the scriptures. What are the sticking points or the questions that might enter your mind as we hear these brief snippets of the bible?  I think about this question as I prepare my sermons. If you are […]

“You Are Called”

January 28, 2018 1 Cor. 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28   I’d like to share a Facebook post I read in reference to the scriptures we’ve been focused on for the last couple of weeks: “Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a […]

“The Word”

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Jan. 14, 2018 Psalm 139 John 1:43-51   “’In the beginning was… well, what? A clap of the divine hands and a poetic shock wave?  Or, an itchy node of nothingness inconceivably scratching itself into somethingess?  In the beginning was the ‘Word,’ says the Gospel according to John – a lovely statement of the case, […]

“John’s ‘John the Baptist’”

Dec. 17, 2017 John 1:6-9, 19-28   Nowhere do the differences in the Bible’s four gospels surface more dramatically than at their beginnings, which of course, we turn to during the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Did you know that the stories of Christ’s birth only appear in two of the four gospels? Luke’s is […]

“Encountering One another in Love”

Dec. 10, 2017 Isaiah 40:1-11 Mark 1:1-8   The theme for Wednesday’s mini-retreat at Barbara and Neil’s house was inspired by a quote from Pope Francis. He says, “Whenever we encounter another person in love we learn something new about God.”  He suggests that often our approach to another – to the other – is […]

“A Mysterious God”

Dec. 3, 2017 Isaiah 64:1-9 Mark 13:24-37   These scripture words that we’ve heard this morning aren’t what we would necessarily expect as we kick off a new Christmas season that is supposed to be all holly jolly, and “the most wonderful time of the year.” Our wreathes are up, and our trees are up, […]

“Being Prepared”

Nov. 12, 2017 Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Matthew 25:1-13   A rabbi talked to one of my former confirmation classes about the process of conversion in the Jewish faith.  He talked about the time when his wife and he were newly married.  He was a Jewish lay person and she was a gentile.  But she was […]

“Wait for It”

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Nov. 5, 2017 Psalm 107 Matthew 23:1-12   I’ve said it before, but more and more I find these times to be incredibly confusing and unsettling.  It’s our government, it’s our foreign relations, it’s the lack of civil discourse in society, it’s alternative facts and increasing polarization, it’s environmental degradation, it’s the degradation of community, […]

“On Joy and God and Giving to God what is God’s”

Oct. 22, 2017 1 Thes. 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22   I have a friend who has made an important decision. He’s decided to stop watching the news. It’s not because he no longer cares about the world. Rather, it’s because he cares about his soul, and he knows what the news is doing to it. I’ve […]