Words for the Week – October 18, 2018

What do you really want right now that seems impossible? A mended relationship?  Physical healing? A new job?  Renewed faith?     I’ve been tempted to despair about the seeming impossibility of healing the planet.  In my sermon last week, … Read More

Words for the Week – October 11, 2018

Relationships are important.  They are a source of healing, belonging, and security.  They can also be a source of pain and division.    In last week’s gospel, Jesus’ spoke out against divorce.  His words strike me as both true – … Read More

Words for the Week – October 4, 2018

Dear church, the brokenness of our society has been on full display lately. The question on my mind is “how can I be part of the healing?” I haven’t written or spoken much publicly into the fiasco surrounding the Supreme … Read More

Words for the Week – September 27, 2018

Dear church,   Last Sunday I preached on Jesus’ invitation to care for the children. “How are the children?” is a traditional greeting from the Maasi of East Africa.  The response is “All of the children are fine.”     … Read More

Words for the Week – September 20, 2018

Have you ever lost some self-esteem by comparing yourself to other people?  In the gospel this week, the disciples argue about who is the greatest.  Jesus responds to their argument by showing them a child.  Think of all the ways … Read More

Words for the Week – September 13, 2018

Greetings church. In the gospel last week, Jesus’ first response to a Syrophoenician woman who asked for her daughter’s healing was to point out that she wasn’t the right ethnicity.  More than just dismissive, Jesus was offensive, cruel, and inconsistent … Read More

Words for the Week – September 6, 2018

Greetings church! I was away the past two Sundays at Holden Village, a remote retreat center in the Cascades of Washington State.  With my family, I soaked in the grace of community life, worshiped every day, learned from scholars and … Read More

Words for the Week – August 23, 2018

Greetings church!  I’m still walking with a bounce in my step because of last Sunday’s joyful celebration of the ministry of House of Faith International, complete with the HOFI praise band.  There’s already talk of joining services again sometime soon.  … Read More

Words for the Week – August 16, 2018

This Sunday we will worship jointly with House of Faith International at 10:30.  We’ll strengthen our ties of friendship; honor our history as one church, working side-by-side for the gospel; and celebrate that House of Faith has grown enough to … Read More

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