This Teaching is Difficult, August 26, 2018, John 6:56-69

56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they […]

Toy Box Faith: Lite Brite, July 29, 2018, Genesis 1:1-5, Matthew 5:13-16

Whither it is lightbulbs or anything else in our life, change can be challenging.  As we continue to move into a different political reality in the United States, the church finds itself in shifting theological territory. Change is not something that the church, a giant multifaceted institution, handles very well.

Toy Box Faith: Rubik’s Cube, July 22, 2018, Genesis 6:9-22

Has anyone ever successfully solved the Rubik’s Cube? Anyone who can solve it quickly? The Rubik’s Cube is one of the hallmark toys of my generation: children of the 80s. It was introduced in the U.S. in 1980 and has been frustrating children and adults alike ever since. The Rubik’s Cube was invented just 6 years prior in 1974 by a Hungarian architecture professor named Erno Rubik

Toy Box Faith: Mr. Potato Head, July 15, 2018 Matthew 12:33-37 Proverbs 15:13-14

The Mr. Potato Head toy was the brain story of George Lerner in the late 1940s.  His concept called for separate plastic facial pieces designed to be stuck into a real potato.  The Mr. Potato Head parts were originally included in boxes of cereal to promote sales.  Lerner sold the products to textile manufacturers Henry and Merrill Hassenfeld, who did business as the Hassenfeld Brothers later shortened to Hasbro. 

Toy Box Faith: Play Doh, July 8, 2018, Mentoring/Molded, Jeremiah 18:1-6

Have you ever tried to make something out of clay? I remember when I was in elementary school, we were given an art assignment to make a piece of pottery out of a lump of clay. All of the kids in my class were given the same size block of clay, and we were told to form this clay into a nice piece of pottery.

Toy Box Faith, June 24, 2018, 2 Samuel 7:1-14a

How many of you are familiar with the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”?

The goal is to link any actor to Kevin Bacon through no more than six connections, where two actors are connected if they have appeared in a movie or commercial together. It was created by three students at Albright College in Pennsylvania who came up with the concept while watching Footloose. On September 13, 2012, Google made it possible to search for any given actor’s ‘Bacon Number’ through their search engine.