Hurricane Harvey Response

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are...

The Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37 (NRSV) I grew up on a busy street in Riverside, California; Seventh street up near the old stone Mount Rubidoux bridge. The bridge is a beautiful historic landmark, often featured in pictures of old Riverside. But besides being pretty, it was also...

God Meant It For Good

Genesis 50:15-21 (NRSV) I’ve often found it interesting, that in a time when what was going on last year, or even last month is thought to be very old news, these ancient stories of our faith continue to be meaningful to us. The story of Joseph is one of the oldest we...

Where Do You Stand?

Ecclesiastes 3:10-14 Typically, before I go off on vacation I like to prepare my sermon for the first Sunday after I return. I’ve learned over the years that, if I don’t do this, I’m likely to fret about what I’m going to say the whole time I ‘m away. I did that this...

Wrestling With the Unknown

Genesis 32:22-31 The scripture this morning paints a tableau of mystery and mysticism, of physical struggle and violent endeavor, of the supernatural and the surreal. I find, stories like these, stories that we’ve heard and told, and retold for thousands of years...