Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Intentions

It’s another month. Wow, how did we get to October? Author Emily Freeman has a practice of reflection. It’s an intention to remember and learn and thank. It’s something we can do daily (look back over the day), weekly or monthly. Her questions for looking back at the month are: Where did you see God…

Contentment

Even though I feel very blessed that I haven’t contracted Covid-19 and have only been slightly bruised economically – this pandemic has really started to wear on me mentally.  Seven months in and it’s still hard to see when I might be able to get on a plane, go to a sporting event, go to…

Everywhere I look

Psalm 19 Everywhere I look, I see your glory! The news travels far and wide, from morning till night. Without anyone saying anything, the word gets out about you! You position yourself for everyone to see; the fire of your presence is felt by all. Your rules are perfect, keeping us happy, filling our heart.…

The Best Gift

Dear Baptized, Martin Luther said that baptism, the rite of entrance into the Christian faith, is a ceremony that takes only a few moments to do but your whole life to finish. In fact, Luther said that whereas St. Paul says that in baptism the old Adam is drowned so that the new Adam might…

How He Answers

Opportunity: A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. It seems that God has given us plenty of opportunities lately. As I found myself in an internet rabbit hole one evening, I stumbled upon a video from the movie Evan Almighty. Though its predecessor was the better movie, it still has a…

Sunday to Monday / Authority

It was a good morning to gather for worship via the stream, cool and fall-like. We looked at Matthew 21:23-32 where the religious leaders asked Jesus who did he think he was? (Where did he get the authority to teach in the temple,) and Philippians 2:1-13 where Paul lets us know how Jesus’ authority came…

If You Care

Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians: If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each…

In the Names of God

In the scriptures, we find lots of names for God. There a few reasons why that is. Some of them emphasize different characteristics of God. Some of them come from different time periods. Some of them come from cultural ideas of what a god should be. Here are a few examples: Elohim—this is the first…

Coffee

One of my favorite things to do before sermon on Sunday is to get a cup of hazelnut coffee at the Panera near my house.  The smell is so refreshing, and the taste is so wonderful.  It makes my spirits fly high and I think there is nothing in this world that I can’t do. …

Doing the Work

Dear Vineyard Workers, I read something years ago in the “Minsters’ Manuel,“ by James W. Crawford. The words made me uncomfortable. However, I photocopied them and keep them with some other papers where I know that I will see them from time to time. “In Christ’s vineyard, in contrast to every other vineyard we know, our…