God’s Intrusions

November 27, 2016 – Matthew 24:36-44; Romans 13:11-14 – Would you believe it? Today is the first Sunday of Advent. That says Christmas is just four weeks away! I think we have often misunderstood this Advent emphasis in the church year, deeming it to be the run-up to Christmas. We are surprised, therefore, that the…

A Troubling Journey

November 20, 2016 – Scriptures: 1 Peter 4:12-19;  Matthew 5:14-16 – Today is the last Sunday in the Christian liturgical year and is called Christ the King Sunday. Next Sunday, the beginning of Advent, marks the start of a new church year. So, today marks both an ending and a beginning. [Click here to read more]

The Triangle of Love

Sunday, November 13, 2016 – Scriptures: Psalm 8:1-9; Ruth 1:6-18; Mark 12:28-34 –   A woman had married three men and out lived all of them.  She commented: I have loved all my husbands differently. Her firsthusband was the father of her children and with him she had raised her family. Her second and third…

Desire for God

November 6, 2016 Scripture Reading: Luke 19:1-10 Luke tells two back to back stories about people’s desire for God and God’s desire for them. The first (18:35-43) tells the story of Bartimaeus. He is blind and sits outside Jericho by the side of the road begging. He hears that Jesus is coming his way and…