Children’s sermon

I am away from my congregation this Sunday. I know, I have been away a lot lately. Because it is a long weekend, the last of our summer here in the US, I am taking time to reconnect with my friends, or selected family, in Texas. God gives us families, and then God gives usContinue reading “Children’s sermon”

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Lectionary, for August 31

Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalm 63; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27 Some hard words in the lectionary for this coming Sunday; all in all it appears that God is about troubling the comfortable. We have words from Jeremiah, Paul and Jesus, all focusing on the same thing; it’s simple but not easy. Jeremiah the prophet is lamenting, whichContinue reading “Lectionary, for August 31”

and then there is Confirmation

The best part of all. A new group of confirmation kids has descended upon me. They are small. They are cute. They are smart. And, their numbers are growing. This was to be a small group this year, although I think I will stop believing the church leaders that tell me that. Each year theyContinue reading “and then there is Confirmation”

Here I come, ready or not

This slogan was on a church sign, with Jesus’ arms outstretched, the stuff of the epic rapture films of the late 1970’s. Jesus is coming back, ready or not. I am not much on the eschatological theological concern (big seminary word, just means end times).  I did have a friend who had a t-shirt whichContinue reading “Here I come, ready or not”

Spring into life with Jesus

Seriously, the sign on the church was “Spring into life with Jesus,” complete with goofy graphic of Jesus bouncing around on big springs. Sort of like a crazed guru on a weird drug induced trip. When I saw the sign, my first thought was that’s inappropriate for Lent, because we were pre-Easter and I amContinue reading “Spring into life with Jesus”