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Faith as a Broken Box

The picture heading this devotion is not awaiting our trash pick-up this morning as you read this devotion.  No, it is actually an important protective spirit in my household.  It is the box which has housed the Christmas wreath that has hung above the front door to our home since we moved into it in…

Mary Magdalene, Apostle

New Day Sermon Mary Magdalene We can easily miss Mary Magdalene in our biblical narrative, since she is primarily a presence in the crucifixion and resurrection stories.  But oh, what a strong, witnessing presence she is when she shows up.

Pentecost 7 Preview

“He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two…” Mark 6:7 Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith. Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that…

Holy Trinity Math: 1+1+1=1

New Day Sermon Holy Trinity Sunday Understanding the Holy Trinity is difficult. There is nothing in mathematics or the sciences that can even come close to giving some type of reasoning to explain the Holy Trinity because it cannot be done. In fact, it’s actually okay to be confused and not understand. Even Martin Luther…

Fire in the House

“Divided tongue, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.”  To be honest, I’ve never quite gotten it … the whole “tongues of fire” thing.  I’ve probably laid hands upon the heads of 600-700 teens over the years of my ministry, and never once did a “tongue of fire”…

Sunday April 29, 2018 preview

Senior Recognition Sunday, Core Value: Learning “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.  He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.” –John 15:1-2 The writer of John offers us another glimpse into the essence of…

Where do you see God in Worship?

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). I am sure everyone has had instances when they have had their doubts about something. There are things or situations that are just too good to be true. And what do we tend to do when…

2nd Sunday after Easter Preview

A week later the disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him [Thomas], “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are…