The Wind Blows Where It Chooses

John 3:1-12 (NRSV) I’d like to do a little bible study with you this morning. There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, who came to Jesus by night. That is a great line. There is an entire story in that one sentence. Of course, we have to fill in the blanks, but that’s...

On Making Disciples

Matthew 26:16-20 (NRSV) There’s an old story that many of the adults have probably heard, but I imagine it will be new to some of our young folks here with us today. One morning, three pastors got together for coffee. As they talked, much to their surprise, they...

Do You Come In Peace?

First Samuel 16:1-5 (NRSV) When Samuel came to Bethlehem, the city elders came to meet him. They were shaking with fear. “Do you come in peace?” they wanted to know. Good question. You see, Samuel was the prophet who anointed Saul as the first King of Israel. This was...

Does Not Wisdom Call

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 (NRSV) Does not Wisdom call? That sounds like a question, and it is. But it’s a rhetorical question. It’s a statement in the form of a question. Obviously, we are meant to understand that wisdom is indeed calling. Putting it in the form of a...

Jesus Rejoiced!

Luke 10:21-24 (NRSV) Some years ago up in Maine, on a rare Monday when Pam and I had a day off together, we decided to go exploring. We drove down to Port Clyde and got some wonderful pictures at Marshall Point. Then we worked our way back up the coast in no...

From Saul to Paul

Acts 9:1-6 (NRSV) It is 36 AD.  Jesus has died, been buried, and resurrected and ascended to Heaven.  It is now in the hands of a small group of men and women to continue proclaiming Jesus’ message.  They all have to make the decision that would completely change...