08 Oct

Enough Time?

The fourth of the Ten Commandments is: “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” The commandment goes on to say, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.” (Exodus 20:8-10a) What,...

01 Oct

What’s In a Name?

It is one of Shakespeare’s most famous lines in one of his most famous plays. Juliet asks of Romeo, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet probably didn’t realize it, but in just those...

24 Sep

Be A Blessing

A friend recently gave me a new book which I finished reading last week. For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards is by bestselling author Jen Hatmaker. It is a book for and about women (sorry, guys) and our struggles...

10 Sep

The Ten Commandments: Signposts to Freedom

That’s the title I’ve borrowed from Rev. Dr. Craig Barnes for our 11-week series on the Ten Commandments. When someone uses a word like “commandment” or “law” or “obey”, is freedom the most immediate response that jumps to mind? Usually not. The general impression when...

27 Aug

Sabbath Day

Sabbath. Sabbath is an ancient concept that is largely unknown in our fast-paced American culture. In a few weeks I’ll be talking much more about Sabbath because it is actually one of the Ten Commandments. The fourth commandment says, “Remember the Sabbath day and keep...

13 Aug

Grace Changes Everything!

This Sunday’s sermon is on a fairly obscure story in the Old Testament. The Arameans have been a thorn in Israel’s side, but now they’ve “upped the ante”, laying a full-scale siege on the Israelites’ city. Israel is surrounded, trapped: nothing and no one is...

06 Aug

Divine Healing

The story of the healing of Naaman is one of those Old Testament dramas that would make a great stage play. There is an A-list cast of characters, gut-rending emotion, surprising heroics from those in supporting roles, and a dramatic conclusion. But, it almost ends...