Mary and Elizabeth

Luke 1:39-56 (NRSV) When I read the Bible, I often find myself wishing that the writers had put in a bit more detail. If you’re not very familiar with the Bible, it’s easy to feel there is more detail in there than you could ever put to good use. But most of the...

A Thief in the Night

Matthew 24:32-36, 42-44 (NRSV) A few years back, while I was visiting my old stompin’ grounds in Southern California, I learned that a big new shopping mall was to be built out in Marino Valley. Growing up in Riverside, we used to think Marino Valley was way out in...

We Always Give Thanks

Colossians 1:3-8 (NRSV) Wow! Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It seems like fall has just been flying by doesn’t it. I hear people have been complaining about how late in the calendar Thanksgiving is this year. But, as my mom used to say, it feels like it’s...

The Gifts of Ministry

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13 (NRSV) There’s a wonderful little book that came out a few years ago called, “This Odd and Wondrous Calling.” It’s about life in the ministry, written by Lillian Daniel and Martin Copenhaver, two pastors who are relatively well known, at least...

Calling All Men!

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approachin ––Hebrews 10:24-25 Dear Friends, Calling all...