Easter, April 21, 2019, John 20:1-18

20Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord […]

σκύβαλον, April 7, 2019, Philippians 3:4B-14

Fred Craddock tells the story of a missionary family in China who was forced to leave the country sometime after the communists took over. One day a band of soldiers knocked on the door and told this missionary, his wife, and children that they had two hours to pack up before these troops would…

Stand Firm, March 17, 2019, Philippians 3:14 – 4:1

Imagine a place of light in a dark word, a place where everyone is loved, a place of healing, a place where all are welcome, a place where people are willing to sacrifice for others… Where is this mystical place?

Confession, March 10, 2019, Romans 10:8b-13

First Sunday in Lent 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because[a] if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For […]

Let go…, March 3, 2019, Luke 9:28-36, Exodus 34:29-35

Transfiguration/Last Epiphany C Luke 9:28-36 28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31They […]

What is Heaven Like, February 24, 2019, Revelation 21: 1-4, 22-25 and 22:3-5

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice […]