A sermon preached Dec 30, 2018 at Parkwood Presbyterian Church, Jenison MI When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. Now every year his parents […]
WordPress and I are having formatting issues. I’ll try to resolve them, but that might take a little time. I apologize for the goofy formatting. Sometimes people ask me what my favorite Bible story is. Usually I tell them it is whatever I am currently studying. Recently I have been reading Luke 2:39-52, the story […]
Our blessings are for us to share, not to keep. Abram’s story reminds us that we are blessed to be a blessing. “Bless”, “blessing”, “blessed” have a variety of meanings- all the meanings are related but there are distinctions we need to be mindful of anytime we encounter the idea of blessing. One of the […]
Bless, blessing, blessed. These are such common words in the Bible and in conversation. They are also words than carry big concepts. Concepts that shape how we understand the world and God’s presence in it. So how do we start to get some sort of understanding of what these words mean? One place, of course, […]
Christians are often concerned about our responsibility to preserve the unity of the church. This is an important task. Our unity does matter. Sometimes, however, unity becomes the end in itself. We make unity the most important task of the church. Paul talks about unity in Ephesians 4:1-16 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, […]
Rowan Williams is a wonderful writer and a very thoughtful Christian. I highly recommend this essay of his, Silence in the Face of Mystery.
Christians have always been attentive to reality that prayer, worship, the sacraments and other spiritual practices are important. In many churches and individual people’s lives it is simply a given. But why? Why are those practices important? One of the first things we tend to say is that spiritual practices help us grow closer to […]