And the Spirit of God, breath of God, [Heb. rûah], moved across the primordial waters and separated the waters from dry land. And God brought forth plant fauna of every kind, on land and in the sea. Then God breathed … Continue reading

I will pick up our Be the Church series next week. This week, as I looked at the lectionary, I thought this Gospel reading was quite fitting to augment some of what Phil has already covered. I found today’s Gospel … Continue reading

What does it mean to share? To share earthly and spiritual resources? We have seen this again and
again. When someone we love has died, we show up at the house with food. We show up at the funeral
home with hugs and love and words of grace. We pray with and for the family at the funeral. We sit
around the tables and tell stories. Continue reading

Being the church means being in covenant, and seeing people how God sees them. The God who makes us free from Pharaoh and Egypt, free from Caesar and Rome, free from just being cogs in the marketplace. It means that the inherent worth, dignity, values, love for, hope for, and place in the people for whom Jesus lived, died and rose again, of each and every person is the same. Continue reading

History is painful, so why revisit it? Whenever we hear someone say that we are past racism, it is a way of covering over our history as a nation, denying that systems and institutions have disadvantage large segments of society. What is desired is a pleasant fiction that the playing field is now level, and even, and we all start from here and move forward. Such an ahistorical view denies reality. Continue reading

You have been through the valley of the shadow of death. I know some of your stories. Some of you have walked through the valley of the dry bones of broken relationships, or loss of employment, or loss of health, or the death of a loved one, where your heart lies there on the dry and dusty valley floor, and you have cried to God, “Lord, can anything in this valley of dry bones live?”

And maybe some are still walking there today… Continue reading

In his book, Six Hours One Friday, Max Lucado tells the story of how he and his boat survived a hurricane. An old fisherman gave Max the advice to take his boat to deep water, drop four anchors off each … Continue reading

How can we get answers to a question that was never asked? I’m not saying that Google isn’t an option, but it never will give you any real substance. To get meaningful answers and actual help, you need to ask questions. We all need to ask questions. Continue reading

When Phil asked me last Sunday night to fill in for Dawn who was originally subbing for Phil, I was excited to have the opportunity to preach once again. In the cold light of Monday morning, with the realization that … Continue reading

Forgive us God, as we forgive those around us. Forgive us where we have failed, messed up, gotten it wrong, or hurt ourselves or someone else, as we forgive those who we feel have failed us, have messed up our stuff, have gotten it wrong and hurt us or those we love.

That little word “as” can get us in all sorts of trouble. Continue reading