I’ve said it before: context is everything. In order to fully understand our Gospel reading today, we need to know the ‘rest of the story’. There are some very important events that happened leading up to this text and sandwiched … Continue reading

God’s Grace is Sufficient 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Grace and Peace to you this morning.  Grace and Peace. This morning I want to share three things with you: something I learned these past three weeks; something I learned reflecting upon our … Continue reading

We Know Not How Mark 4:26-34 Grace and Peace to you this morning.  Grace and Peace. We know about the mustard seed.  One of the great parables for how little faith may seem in the vast size and complexity of … Continue reading

Grace and Peace to you this morning, Grace and Peace. The crowds gathered around Jesus so much so they couldn’t even move around much or eat or anything else. And his family shows up because people are saying he has … Continue reading

Some Things the Spirit Can Do Luke 1:39-57 Grace and Peace to you this morning.  Grace and Peace. We know how life is supposed to be.  Good people have good stuff happen to them.  Bad people have bad stuff happen … Continue reading

For those who have lost pets, please bring a photo and your memories. Each will be remembered, posthumously blessed and committed to God’s eternal care. Please bring the pets you wish to have blessed … in joy, in gratitude, or for healing. Each will receive anointing and personal blessing. (Please keep dogs on a leash at all times and all other animals safely secured, as appropriate.) Continue reading

The Connection John 3:1-17 Grace and Peace to you this morning.  Grace and Peace. This past week I spoke to two of Lothar Konietzko’s classes at Everett High School.  He has had rabbis,  mams, and priests come in, and I … Continue reading

The Good Shepherd Grace and Peace to you this morning.  Grace and Peace. When she returned from her trip to Israel, Chris Reist spoke to the women’s prayer circle about the manger scene.  Most of us, when we think of … Continue reading

We do not know why God told Moses to raise up a bronze serpent on a pole, or how when people who had been bitten by a poisonous snake and they looked at this bronze snake, they were healed.

The book of Numbers does not explain it. The Gospel according to John, who uses this image, does not explain it. John just assumes people know the story that he is talking about.

We can speculate. We can infer. We can get creative. But we don’t know. Continue reading