August 5, 2018: The Bread You Need

August 5, 2018:   Scripture Used: John 6:24-35   Had you driven by the church on Thursday, you would have seen something very different from the usual: signs, tents, and people everywhere, all day. People under pop-up tents and umbrellas welcoming those who came to vote in the elections. The steady stream of people made … [Read more…]

July 29, 2018: There’s Plenty

July 29, 2018: There’s Plenty! Scriptures Used: John 6:1-16, Ephesians 3:14-21   I remember when Sam’s Club opened in Athens. It was close to our house – just as far as Walmart but in the opposite direction. Mom wanted to go to see if the deals on bulk were really that good. One Saturday, she … [Read more…]

June 17, 2018: Seeds, Stories, Legacies

June 17, 2018: Seeds, Stories, Legacies Scriptures Used: Mark 4:26-34   Jesus and his disciples are traveling around the Galilee proclaiming the coming of the kingdom of heaven. This isn’t an odd sight to locals – traveling and preaching is what rabbis do, and the good ones typically have a collection of students following them. … [Read more…]

June 24, 2018: Facing Giants

June 24, 2018: Facing Giants Scripture Used: 1 Samuel 17   How many people can name all Ten Commandments without looking them up? It’s harder than you would think, I would bet. Some biblical passages – even those we think we know well – are hard to remember in full. I would imagine, though, that … [Read more…]

July 15, 2018: Dancing Fools

July 15, 2018: Dancing Fools Scripture: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12-19   Big entrances…   After David had been crowned king, claimed a spot for the capital city, defeated the Israelites’ arch-nemeses the Philistines, he had one more thing to do to solidify his reign: bring the ark of the covenant to the royal city.   … [Read more…]

July 1, 2018

July 1 – Waiting and Interruptions Scripture Used: Mark 5: 21-43 Jesus and his disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilee. They had just been on the Gentile side of the sea, where Jesus had been teaching and performing miracles – most recently healing a Gerasene man of a legion of demons. One would imagine … [Read more…]

April 22, 2018

Scriptures Used: John 10:11-18, 1 John 3, Psalm 23   Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Jerusalem, and they come across a man who had been born blind. The disciples ask Jesus who had sinned for the man to be blind: was it the man himself or did he receive punishment for … [Read more…]

April 29, 2018: What Is Love?

If you type into Google “songs about love,” you’ll find thousands of examples. Many of them describe how we experience or show love, but I had set out to see how we describe love: what is it?   There are plenty of titles that offer answers ranging the emotional spectrum from “Love is Blindness,” to … [Read more…]

April 15, 2018

April 15, 2018: Faith til You Have It   Scripture Used: Acts 3:1-19   There are times we look at a Scripture and assume we get the meaning on the first reading. There are times when we realize after the first reading, we should probably read it again, and we do and are rewarded with … [Read more…]