“When our children our young they walk behind us as we show them the way, as they mature they walk beside us as together we discover the way, and when they are adults they walk before us to lead us in new ways.” Continue reading The Adult Child Shall Lead Them – From the Reformed Journal: The Twelve
Raspberries are not an accident of nature but a benediction from the gracious hand of God to be received with joy and gratitude. Raspberries remind us that there is more to life than survival of the fittest. Life is not a contest to be survived but a joy to be celebrated. Continue reading Raspberry Benediction
This story about St. John the Almsgiver and a very brazen beggar reminds us of a very important lesson. When someone asks for assistance it is not necessarily the beggar whose story needs to be tested. Rather we are the ones who are being tested and the one who is doing the testing is Jesus himself. Continue reading St. John the Almsgiver: How to be a reckless but faithful giver
Life is not about what you can get. It is always about what you pass on. Even when you are dying, you have the power to bless.
This is the story of a dying man who had a choice to make. Indulge his dreams or bless his family Continue reading Of RVs and Blessing
A Jewish folk tale with a twist. How willing are you to share with the hungry and poor? Continue reading The Dirty Bagel
Being a Good Samaritan involves a certain amount of risk. Am I required to be a Good Samaritan to everyone? Where do I draw the line? Who, after all, is my neighbor? The lawyers question is a good one that we all have to wrestle with. But instead of giving us a straightforward answer Jesus tells us a parable to help us wrestle with the issue. Continue reading Like a Good Neighbor – A Sermon on Luke 10:25-37
How can we distinguish between false prophets and true preachers? That’s the question I want to ask with you this morning. And I’d like to suggest that there are three questions you ought to ask of every preacher and religious teacher. Continue reading A Tree and Its Fruit: A Sermon on Matthew 7: 15-20
Every now and then our children surprise and honor us as parents. This is the story of one such moment, when I found a forgotten love note from my adult son. Continue reading A Forgotten Love Note from My Son
“The terrifying prospect of Easter is that God called these women (and us) to return to the same world that crucified Jesus and to share with the world that gift of hope.
As we leave the tombs of quarantine, a return to normal will be a disaster unless we recognize that we are going back to a world desperately in need of healing. The source of that healing is an empty tomb in Jerusalem. ” (Esau MacCaulley, NY Times, April 2, 2021) Continue reading Seeking the Living among the Dead – A Sermon of the Resurrection, Luke 24:1-12
All my iniquities on him were laid; He nailed them all to the tree. Continue reading Why?