Be Kind

    “Be kind to one another.”     It’s such a simple instruction Paul gives to the Christian community in Ephesus. Be kind to each other. They are words that we might be tempted to skip over. We’ve all heard them...

Tossed To and Fro

    “We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming.”     These words were written by the apostle Paul to the church in...

The Language of God

    “Jesus saw a great crowd and he had compassion for them.”     Compassion. It’s at the core of who Jesus is. Time and time again in the gospels we hear of Jesus’ compassion — for the crowds who have...

Returning from Exile

    You know it is going to be an interesting week of sermon preparation when you open a commentary on the Gospel lesson and read this, “The story of the beheading of John the Baptist is hardly a text one would spontaneously choose for a sermon.”     No...

For All

    Happy Fourth of July! On this day that we celebrate the founding of this great nation that we all love, it seems appropriate to begin the day in church with prayers for our country.     By any standards the past year has been a difficult one for...

Slaying Giants

    It is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible, the battle between David and Goliath. This tale of the young boy who, using only a sling shot, defeats a mighty giant of a warrior, has become the iconic tale of the triumphant underdog....

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