The Pastor’s Collection

Ride On! Ride On!

Do you not know that in a race the [bikers] all compete, but only one receives the prize? [Bike] in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. — First Corinthians...

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...

Survey Update

I’m giving you my opinion about this. It’s to your advantage to do this, since you not only started to do it last year, but you wanted to do it too. Now finish the job as well so that you finish it with as much enthusiasm as you started… — Second Corinthians 8:10-11...

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...

American Gospel

In one of the last letters of his life, written, his doctor said, with “all the striking characteristics of his vigorous and unfaded intellect,” [Thomas] Jefferson spoke of America’s hard-won freedom from monarchs who used church and state to reign over others, acting...

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...

Compassion

Have compassion for everyone you meet Even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit, Bad manners or cynicism is always a sign Of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on Down there where the spirit meets the bone. — Miller...

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...