Let’s start with a story. There was a man, let’s call him Rod, who was a fine woodworker. He made cabinets, shelves, and tables for family, friends, and fellow church members. One day his pastor […]
It’s that time of year again. Winter brings snow and cold, but also a time of quiet. It’s time to prepare our hearts for Lent which begins this year on February 17th with Ash Wednesday. […]
Freshness a poem by Joyce Rupp, adapted for our reflection.
A new year is moving in just as winter walks alone and snowflakes and I sit here wondering in the breath of God’s bless and the […]
Pastor Ben Patterson tells a story about his 5-year-old niece, Olivia, and her best friend, Claire, who were participating in a nativity play at school. Claire was playing Mary, and Olivia played an angel. Before […]
In our lectionary we are in Year B, so we read from Mark’s gospel today about a man called John the Baptist.
Mark’s gospel does not begin with angels whispering in Mary’s ear. There are no […]
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…Genesis 12:4a
Abram, soon to be renamed Abraham, left his home and set out on a long road to the unknown. His sole motivation was his faith, his […]
Let’s start with a typical story about a pastor and a rabbi. A pastor and a rabbi were standing by the side of the road holding up signs. The rabbi’s sign read, “The End is […]
There is a story told by Megan McKenna in her book Parables, The Arrows of God, which puts a different spin on Matthew’s version of the “Parable of the Talents.” It comes to us from […]
Today’s parable about the bridesmaids is one that isn’t particularly popular to preach on. It’s a sad story. It’s sad to miss out on something, whether it’s a party or it’s eternity with God. And […]
New Testament scholar N.T. Wright tells about a man who went to a store to buy some equipment for a hiking and camping trip. A salesman took him around the store showing him everything he […]