What Is Your Flagpole?

4 The Lord God has given me   the tongue of a teacher,that I may know how to sustain   the weary with a word.Morning by morning he wakens—   wakens my ear   to listen as those who are taught.5 The Lord God has opened my ear,   and I was not rebellious,   I did not turn backwards.6 I gave my back to those whoContinue reading “What Is Your Flagpole?”

Action Builds Belief

Hear now the new testament reading from James the second chapter. This translation is the NRSV with a few alterations by Pastor Dexter.  My family, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly,Continue reading “Action Builds Belief”

The Fruit of Our Traditions

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition ofContinue reading “The Fruit of Our Traditions”

The Moment of Truth

In January of 2009, the Fox television network, showing either the effects of the writers’ strike or the signs of social decay, offered a gem of televised exploitation—the kind that repulses you, but you can’t help watching. It was a game show called The Moment of Truth. Now game shows about telling the truth areContinue reading “The Moment of Truth”

The Bigger Picture

So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you,Continue reading “The Bigger Picture”

Re-Imagining God

“1 I will extol you, my God and King,   and bless your name for ever and ever.2 Every day I will bless you,   and praise your name for ever and ever.3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;   his greatness is unsearchable.4 One generation shall laud your works to another,   and shall declare your mighty acts.5 OnContinue reading “Re-Imagining God”