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Because God Cares

Have you ever said something, and the moment you said it, you wished you hadn’t? You know, those times when you are saying something to your spouse, or your boss, or to a group of folks, and the minute the words come out and you see the look on the other’s face, you know, “Oops, I shouldn’t have said that!”.

As I noted in my sermon this past Sunday, our Gospel story for this…

The Mission

Today’s Gospel story is only half the story; we will get the other half next week, but it is critical that we focus just on this first half today, because from this story we get a clear understanding of what Jesus’ mission in this world was and what our mission is today. Since the Church began on Pentecost over 2,000 years ago, we have struggled and argued over many things: what to believe,…

Dive In!

I have started reading the Bible in the order suggested to complete it in a year — I’m behind already, of course! I thought the Psalm reading on the first day was a perfect way to begin: “God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!” ( Read more | Comments (0) | Jan 23, 2019

It's Time to Act & Have Fun!

As a veteran of many weddings, I am always interested in listening to wedding stories. Not only have I presided over 50 weddings, I have also been intimately involved in two family weddings, my son’s and my oldest daughter’s, and now this year we are in the midst of planning our youngest daughter, Dana’s, wedding. Weddings require so much planning and there are so many details to ensure that…

Drinking the Good Stuff

John 2:1-11 Common English Bible (CEB)


Wedding at Cana

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and

Filled with Expectation

Well, Christmas is definitely over. I mean, for the past few weeks we have been talking about the baby Jesus, or at least the small child of Jesus, but today, very abruptly, we jump right into the life of Jesus the adult. Just prior to our reading today, Luke tells us that John was in the region of the Jordan River baptizing people and that “crowds” were coming out to be baptized. John’s message…

God Always Comes Down

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, and I wish you all the best in 2019.

This coming Sunday, Jan. 13, we will celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord, which means we will read about the baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:15-17, 21-22). According to Luke, after Jesus was baptized, everyone around heard God speak, “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been…

Lessons from the Magi

Our Gospel story today is another one of my favorite stories in scripture. I am fascinated by how these “wise men from the East” would travel such a great distance to a faraway land to pay homage to a “king” they weren’t even sure was real. It is an incredible story for us to hear, but it is also a story that creates frustration for me.

Now, for a few of you, you know my frustration.…

What Gifts Will You See?

This Sunday, Jan. 6, the season of Epiphany begins with the Magi giving their precious gifts to Jesus. Did you know that many countries celebrate gifts from the Magi instead of Santa? Children in Latin America write letters to the Magi detailing their good behavior and asking for presents, while children in Spain leave straw in their shoes by the door for the Magi’s horses on Epiphany eve,…