Warning: I totally geeked out on this message!!!
Have you ever left your cell phone in the sun? Or, have you ever left your phone in the car on a hot day? If you have, you know your phone will automatically shut off if it overheats. For example, an iPhone will shut off once it reaches 115 degrees. The function protects internal components of the phone.
My brain does the same thing when I overwork it. Continue reading
You matter. Your presence is felt. Your participation produces results. Your effort has an effect. Not one of you is too small. You possess the potential for God to work in and through you to reveal grace to another – undone, unnoticed, and unloved. Continue reading
John 20:25b – “But [Thomas] said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
My message from this past Sunday, Behind Locked Doors, presented the opportunity to reconsider the doubt of Thomas. Interpreting scripture is a delicate art. Wandering off the traditional path of interpretation can distort the integrity of Scripture, so one must be careful and cautious. There are times, however, when such wandering allows the prayerful reader to encounter God in unexpected places – and, these untimed encounters have a way of revealing truths of the self. Our reading of the doubt of Thomas (John 20:24-29) presents such an encounter. Our reading invites us to consider, as well, how we hide behind the locked door of doubt! Continue reading
Luke 24:5b – “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”
The women (Mary Magdalene and the others) were right to be frightened by the approach of the men outside the tomb of Jesus. These women arrived at the tomb of Jesus and they encountered the unexpected – the stone, which was used to block the entrance to the tomb, had been removed and the corpse of Jesus was missing. The tomb had been disturbed (from the perspective of the women) and there was no evidence as to what happened or who was responsible. Confused and alarmed by the disturbance of the tomb, two strange men approach the women. Were these men responsible for the disturbance? Were the women in danger? Continue reading
Luke 19:44b – “…because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”
My message for Palm Sunday, The Whole Multitude, focused on the unique features in Luke’s narrative of The Triumphant Entry of Jesus. Several key components of the traditional scene are removed from the third gospel. The large crowd of Diaspora Jews on a pilgrimage to the Holy City are not present in Luke’s account. There is no waving of palm branches. There are no shouts of Hosanna. There is no association with the House of David. In my message, I explain how Luke removes these “nationalistic overtones” so that he can emphasize the presence and participation of the disciples, who finally get it right, if only for a moment! Continue reading