Whether we point to the precipitous decline in membership in the mainline churches, to the deep and abiding division over our talk about God and our understanding the context of Christian faith, or to the more general sense of a coarsening society sinking under the waves of confusion, relativism and discord, it is not inappropriate to consider that there is a daunting missionary task ahead.
Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; 1 Thess. 1:1-10; Matt 22:15-22 Early in our marriage, Kay and I visited a prominent, well-known historical congregation, of which we were not members. We made it a point to arrive early. We found a parking space and made our way to the front entrance of the sanctuary where an usher […]
Because we are so susceptible to idolatry, we need people like Moses who will intercede before God on our behalf while holding us accountable and prodding us to get back on track. We need people like Moses because what we think, believe, say, and do matter, and they matter to God.
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Phil. 3:4b-14; Matt. 21:33-46 This time last week, we did not know the name of Stephen Paddock. Sunday night, Paddock fired an automatic weapon into a crowd of 22,000 people who were enjoying a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 59 and injuring 527 before turning the gun […]
“Drawn Out of the Water” Exodus 1:8 – 2:10; Psalm 124; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 As the Bible shares a story about a three month old Hebrew boy drawn out of the water of the Nile, we continue to pray for our neighbors in the state of Texas who have been slammed by a rain […]
Genesis 45:1-15 Psalm 133 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28 Ten days ago, Kay and I started a 1,500 mile trip visiting parishioners in the states of Mississippi and Alabama. Our good friends Jimmy and Bruce Crook send their love and best wishes from Ocean Springs, MS. Three and a half hours north via Hwy 49, […]
Genesis 32:22-31 Psalm 17:1-7, 15 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:13-21 It had been a busy Saturday in November of 1975. Kay and I were living in military housing at the nearby Air Station and the majority of the day had been devoted to household chores, gardening and lawn care, and making the weekly run to the […]
Genesis 28:10-19a Psalm 139 Romans 8:12-25 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 From the Morning Psalter comes the following prayer, “Search me, O God; know my heart and know my thoughts.” (Psalm 139) In the searching of my heart, the Lord knows that I am happy to be home as Kay and I have just returned from two […]