Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Posts from November 2021 (Page 2)

Offended Much?

Most definitions of ‘offended’, say something about anger and resentment. What do I find offensive? Am I easily offended? Criticism of a loved one (or favorite sports team), racial injustice, certain political views, social media… it can be endless. Why is our culture so easily offended? Why is our culture so easily angered? We are…

Sunday to Monday | Meaning

It was our joy to welcome Aaron Ragon to speak in worship yesterday. If you missed, you really should watch here and see photos here. He shared a message of hope in a world that seems hopeless. We take the message into our week’s reflections and conversations. It’s common to struggle with our faith; how…

Surprised to be Loved

Anxiety and depression are on the rise as the pandemic continues to affect our lives. Mental health in our country is a growing problem. Raising these issues and understanding that we need to face them and work together to make sure everyone is valued, listened to, and has access to needed services will help to…

Driven by Love

As a healthcare provider as well as a Christian, I feel powerless to overcome the political divides that contribute to vaccine hesitation. More and more I am seeing patients that have to be admitted to the hospital for Covid associated symptoms. It pains me to see people suffer through such a horrific and debilitating virus.…

Fear Not

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Walter Brueggemann says that Christianity is about God’s command and promise to “Fear Not.”  Brueggemann is a very distinguished Old Testament scholar, maybe the best. He’s also a great teacher and preacher. I heard him engage a group of clergy once who were there to hear his scholarly observations on this or…

This Day

More than once in the past couple of weeks the words from Mary Jean Irion have come into my view… Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some…

Sunday to Monday | Watching

In our worship this week we read from Mark 12:38-44 and heard of Jesus watching people. Jesus watched those who were trying to impress others and he watched a person whom no one else watched. Jesus pays attention to what’s going on. Do we? If you missed it, you can watch here and see photos…

Holiness

It’s Friday. Always the best day of the week, right? Are you paying attention to what the day holds? Are you present in this moment and for all that may come your way, good or bad? Sometimes we forget to look around. As Ferris Bueller said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look…

Un Answered Prayers

Do you know Garth Brook’s top hit, Unanswered Prayers? Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.   Some of you may know about how Scott and I lost our…

Ordained

Dear Priests, Every ordained church leader is ordained to be a priest. We may prefer being called pastor or minister , but all of us are priests–that is , each of us participants in the high priesthood of Jesus to the world. Any of us pastors can testify that it is an awesome responsibility to…