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?”

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”

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”

Miracles of Resistance

Today’s sermon is going to look a little different. Because this is our last planned time to worship entirely on Zoom as a church family, before re-gathering in a hybrid in-person/Zoom model next Sunday, I want us to take this opportunity to use this passage as a time to reflect on how it intersects withContinue reading “Miracles of Resistance”

Many Grains of Rice

As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says,‘At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.’ See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are puttingContinue reading “Many Grains of Rice”

God’s Walk in the Garden

They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’Continue reading “God’s Walk in the Garden”

From Unity to Solidarity

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.Continue reading “From Unity to Solidarity”

The Way of the Model Shepherd

“11 ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13The hired hand runs away because aContinue reading “The Way of the Model Shepherd”

What Keeps Us Up at Night

14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may haveContinue reading “What Keeps Us Up at Night”