Reflections based on ‘We Refused to Lead a Dying Church”

I returned to We Refused to Lead A Dying Church on an impulse when looking for a devotional for the staff meeting last week, and have been rereading the stories in this book about congregations with near-death experiences. Paul Nixon, the author, set out the following...

International Women’s Day and the Church

On this International Women’s Day, here are some reflections on the history of women in the church and their experiences of equality and inequality. During his ministry, Jesus relied on financial support from a group of women.  During the first 20 to 30 years...

The Tenth Commandment and Society Today

I appreciated Tom’s messaged March 4 about the ten commandments, and, reflecting on his message in scanning our society today, I realized the tenth commandment is extremely relevant. Covetousness is a major driver for good and for ill in our world today.  It...

Becoming Untied

In yesterday’s message, Tom explained why it was important for the disciples of Jesus not to say who he was. There were many ideas about what the Messiah would be like and what the Messiah would do. As long as people did not know who Jesus was, Jesus would be...
A Jesus-Centered Response to “Homo Deus”

A Jesus-Centered Response to “Homo Deus”

Many people have read Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.  Homo Deus is his follow-up book in which he explores several possible outcomes to current developments in society.  As a person trained in science with an emphasis on Chemistry and Biology, I find some of his...
Ego, Service and the Kingdom of God

Ego, Service and the Kingdom of God

Below is posted my message delivered on  Sunday, February 18. 2018 02 18  “Ego, Service, and the Kingdom of God”  Mark 1:9-15 Story:  Water-Softening bricks I worked several summers for Magnachem in the warehouse: a great job where I used a forklift, mixed 2000 gallon...

Thoughts on a Snowy Afternoon

Post Script: In spite of snowy conditions, we had a good group of folks show up for chili and fun. Looking forward to March 3!) I hope most people are staying close to home this Saturday.  Road conditions are very poor with many slippery sections and poor visibility....

Followers of Jesus and Liberation for All

When a person carefully reads through the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke as well as  Paul’s early letters, it appears the early community around Jesus was one of great equality for all.  Women had significant roles, credited with funding his...