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”

Finding the Annus Mirabilis

The world has faced many disease pandemics from the earliest civilizations to our present day. While most of these have brought chaos and uncertainty, something interesting happened during England’s last modern experience with plague. London’s plague of 1665-16666 was potentially shipped there on cotton barges from Amsterdam in the Netherlands sometime in 1665. As itContinue reading “Finding the Annus Mirabilis”

Cleanliness

Read Mark 5:1-43 first. There is a sermon based on this here. For the Jewish people, clean and unclean are not matters of hygiene or morality but ritual. They are understood in relation to being ‘holy’ or set apart. Four categories of things can be unclean: certain foods, skin diseases, contact with dead people orContinue reading “Cleanliness”

Musings – Animating Faith

In getting ready for my Sunday school class this past week, I ran across an interesting quote in a commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Romans. The writer says, In each generation, communities are called to interpret Scripture with the courage to affirm what they believe and what they refuse to believe, the courage toContinue reading “Musings – Animating Faith”

Musings – The Gospel of Being

As a pastor, I hear a lot of criticism, from people inside and outside of the church. From the inside, I hear about things that are usually, let’s just be honest, petty – I don’t like so and so or so and so doesn’t need to be doing whatever or why don’t we do X,Y,Continue reading “Musings – The Gospel of Being”

Musings – Blank Canvas

Just slap anything on when you see a blank canvas staring you in the face like some imbecile. You don’t know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas is, which says to the painter, ‘You can’t do a thing’. The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerizes some painters so much thatContinue reading “Musings – Blank Canvas”

Questions

This past Sunday, I started our Confirmation classes for the year with six students. As an introductory exercise, I had them write down some things they thought people in the church believed on a small piece of poster board. Then, I had them write down what they believed on a piece of paper. I pickedContinue reading “Questions”

Musings – Success!

Some of the best ministry related conversations about my work and calling are conversations I have with my wife. Quite often, she can see things that I can’t, since she is looking from a different perspective. Over the weekend, we had a conversation about what success in the church looks like while I was gettingContinue reading “Musings – Success!”