The Greatest of All Time

The Greatest of All Time Matthew 22:34-40 | 18 October 2020 Lots of greats, one greatest The first time I heard about the greatest of all time was a sports documentary about Muhammad Ali. The documentary was talking about his career, his life, and the mix of athleticism and spectacle he brought to the sport.Continue reading “The Greatest of All Time”

Renderings

How to set a snare Trapping animals is an ancient means of getting food, going back thousands of years. The Bible itself mentions the use of traps when it says, “Protect me from the trap they’ve set for me; protect me from the snares of the evildoers” in Psalm 141 and “The Lord will beContinue reading “Renderings”

Weddings and the like…

Too relaxed at home Family dinners are a time-honored tradition in just about every part of the world. For our family, like most others, dinners usually ended up being around holidays or birthdays or anniversaries or just weekends when we could get together. On my father’s side of the family it wasn’t unusual to haveContinue reading “Weddings and the like…”

Sermon – Seeing With Your Eyes Closed

A Weird Way to Walk Sometimes I succumb to boredom and do strange things to amuse myself. Most Sundays now, I come to church early and make sure everything is ready for the service. I adjust the temperature, make sure the soundboard is on. Set up the camera and things like that. One of theContinue reading “Sermon – Seeing With Your Eyes Closed”

The Ancient Ways – Part 3

An unintentional fastThere have been a few times in my life I have considered the idea of fasting with some seriousness. I first read about it in a serious sense in college and again sometime later in seminary. In seminary, I tried a few times to fast just to get an idea of what itContinue reading “The Ancient Ways – Part 3”

The Ancient Ways – Part 2

Analysis of a prayer This week, we will be engaging with the first of our ancient practices, fixed-hour prayer. But I want to start by giving us a prayer to consider and see what we can learn. The prayer was prayed in a Krystal Restaurant some years ago. It has stuck in my head andContinue reading “The Ancient Ways – Part 2”

Where Do We Go From Here? – Part I

WhaddaulookinatThe resurrected Jesus is standing on the Mount of Olives with the disciples—the eleven specifically called along with several women and Jesus’ brothers—giving them a few last-minute words before he leaves. For the past forty days, since the resurrection, Jesus has been teaching them, “working in the power of the Holy Spirit,” the same HolyContinue reading “Where Do We Go From Here? – Part I”

Living the Resurrection: Mary Magdalene

This morning we come the end of our series on Living the Resurrection. I hope that you have been blessed by interacting with the stories of each of these people: Moses with the resurrection of his identity, Ruth the resurrection of her circumstances, and  Paul with the resurrection of his life’s purpose. And now weContinue reading “Living the Resurrection: Mary Magdalene”

Living the Resurrection: Paul

As we continue in our series on the resurrections of various biblical characters, let’s do a little recap. Two weeks ago, we talked about Moses and how he went through a series of different identities to become what God had in store for him, each of which led him to a different place and relationshipsContinue reading “Living the Resurrection: Paul”

Living the Resurrection: Ruth

The Resurrection of Ruth  Given how difficult it was last week to try to sum up and characterize the life of a major biblical figure, you would think I should have learned my lesson. As usual, I didn’t. Once again this week, I am going to look into the life of someone from the bibleContinue reading “Living the Resurrection: Ruth”