When the Powers Take Over

February 11, 2024
The story of the golden calf in Exodus 32 illustrates what happens when people who live in fear make compromises with the lesser powers of this world. In Paul's letter…
Both Moses and Samuel spoke of the dangers of a king taking military power, political power, and economic power to himself. Israel's history confirms those dangers led to the end…

Lament and Thanksgiving

June 18, 2023
Psalm 40 is both a psalm of lament and a psalm of Thanksgiving. Lament is a legitimate Christian response to God in the face of a world that is not…

Where is the Glory?

July 3, 2022
People find glory in many places including freedom, truth, and unity. Jesus tells his disciples where to find glory, in loving as he and the Heavenly Father love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJRahznNy1c
The Ascension of Jesus is little celebrated but essential to our understanding of the whole story of who Jesus is. The Ascension is not so much about Jesus "going up"…

Being a Peacemaker

March 13, 2022
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God." The worldly vision of "peacekeeping" is contrasted with Jesus's example of "peace doing" using the story of MJ…
Advent means "Coming" and on the First Sunday of Advent, we look at Jeremiah's prophecy about the coming of a "Righteous Branch," the Messiah. In the short term and from…