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Time To Go To The Other Side

As we have heard the past couple of weeks, Jesus had been teaching and preaching in his hometown of Capernaum, a small fishing village on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. Last week we listened to how Jesus had been using parables to teach his followers what the kingdom of God was like and as I noted then, Jesus was teaching that God’s kingdom was going to be in the “seediest of places.”…

Unjust Law

I am truly troubled these days, and I feel I need to share my concerns. As I am sure you have read or seen on TV, the United States has embarked on a practice of separating children from their immigrant parents who are attempting to enter this country illegally. Now, before I go any further, I am fully aware that we have laws, that we need laws, and that we need to enforce our laws; after…

Ready or Not: God's Kingdom Will Come

For some of us as we say our daily prayers we often include the Lord’s Prayer, which means as we pray we pray for God’s kingdom to come. For this faith community, every Sunday when we gather, or every time your Council ends a meeting, we pray the Lord’s Prayer, which means we pray for God’s kingdom to come. Today Jesus wants to give us a glimpse of what this Kingdom might be like and for…

Mayday Prayers

When I was a kid, I could swing all day. It was my favorite thing on a playground, even as a teenager. I loved the wind in my hair, pumping really high and jumping off, or just sitting suspended, chatting with friends. Sometimes when I was feeling daring, I’d kick my legs sideways when I was way up high and yell “MAY DAY!!!” as I lost control, twisting in the swing until I came back to…

Are You Possessed?

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

On Monday morning, as I read our Gospel text for Sunday (Mark 3:20-35), I actually started to laugh. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is a serious text about living our lives doing God’s will, but what I found funny was how Jesus responded to the accusations made against him by the religious leaders, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of…

Is It Lawful?

Can anyone tell me the third commandment? Yes, “Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.” Following this command, God went on to say, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work — you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six…

Don’t forget to rest

I have always thrived on a busy schedule. My mom loves to talk about my favorite day of the week when I was in 6th grade: she’d meet me with my violin case after school to take the streetcar by myself to my lesson in downtown Stuttgart, Germany. I’d come walking up the hill later, and she’d exchange my violin with my cleats and glove to go…

The Answer is Blowin' In The Wind

Today is Trinity Sunday, which means it is the one day of the year that we celebrate a human-made doctrine. The doctrine of the Trinity is a human attempt to explain how God chose to reveal God’s self to the world. Now, throughout the scriptures God revealed God’s self in many ways — wind, fire, silence, wisdom (Sophia), a loving parent, a husband (Isaiah 54:5-6), as a human (Jesus Christ).…

Community Life

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

This Sunday is Holy Trinity Sunday. The Doctrine of the Trinity is the church’s attempt to offer a description of God, but as I have said many times, the reality is, to define God is virtually impossible. The bottom line is the Doctrine of the Trinity tells us that God is a God of relationships; it’s just that simple. He is a God that reveals…

We're Not Alone

Fifty days ago today we celebrated Easter Sunday, which means that today is Pentecost Sunday. This is the day we celebrate the birth of the church, or we can also think of it as the day the church was first baptized with the Holy Spirit. Now, we know this day as a Christian celebration but actually Pentecost was, and is, first a Jewish festival day. No, the Jews did not celebrate the birth of the…

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