#7: Splash it on!

#7: Splash it on! A hospice nurse told the story of bringing an elderly woman home for the final days of her life. Noticing a large bottle of perfume on the woman’s dresser, the nurse asked, “Would you like me to dab a bit of that behind your ears?” “Honey,” said the...

A House of Prayer

Matthew 21:10-13 (NRSV) A man named J.K. Johnston used to tell a story about a small town that had historically been “dry.” But then a local businessman decided to build a tavern. A group of Christians from a local church were concerned and planned an all-night prayer...

The Sign of Jonah

Matthew 12:38-42 (NRSV) So, we are down to the last Sunday in Lent already. It’s amazing how fast things go by. As you know, I’ve been using these last few Sundays to talk about some of the readings about Jesus that are a bit less familiar, a bit more challenging....

#6: Our Core Mission

The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord; We are his new creation by water and the Word; From heaven he came and sought us to be his holy bride; With his own blood he bought us, and for our life he died. —The Church’s One Foundation ––Chalice Hymnal, #272...

Not Peace, But a Sword

Matthew 10:34-39 (CEB) I’d like to do a little Bible Study with you this morning. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” You would be hard pressed to find a statement anywhere in the gospels that is...