This Sunday: What does money mean to the Lord and about the Lord?

Over the last two weeks we’ve talked about what money can mean to and about us as individuals, and what money can mean to and about other people. This week we conclude this series by talking about what money means to and about the Lord. Does the Lord give people money as a sign of…

This Sunday: Longing for the Truth

When we’re desperate for an answer from the Lord–when we’re desperate to make sense of something or to find a way forward–sometimes then the Lord seems most absent. It feels like we’re desperately thirsty in a wilderness with no water anywhere in sight. This Sunday is a lay service and the sermon being read is by the…

This Sunday: Waiting for the Harvest

Have you discovered some motivations in yourself that are not so good–in fact that are ugly and hellish? What should you do about that? This Sunday I’ll be reading a sermon by the Rev. Brian Smith about the parable of wheat and the tares and what we can learn from it about how and when…

This Sunday: Washing in the River

When the great commander Naaman came to Israel to be cured of his leprosy by the prophet Elisha, he expected a big visible miracle. Instead, Elisha told him to simply wash in the Jordan River seven times and he would be clean. We can want spiritual healing to be big and instantaneous; but the reality…

This Sunday: What’s wrong with swearing?

Is it wrong to curse or swear? Why? Church people are often pretty clear on the idea that taking the Lord’s name in vain is not OK – it’s one of the 10 Commandments – but they don’t tend to be as clear on other cursing or swearing. Is it wrong? Is it breaking one…

Sermon this Sunday – Marriage: It’s Not About You

It’s easy in any relationship – and marriage in particular – for a person to focus on asking, “What am I getting out of this?” In our upcoming three-part series, called “Marriage: It’s Not About You,” we’re looking at the ways we’re called to flip that around, and focus instead on what we can give. Our first sermon, on 30 August, will…

Sermon this Sunday: After the Battle

The Gideon story unfortunately doesn’t end with the glorious victory over the Midianites. There’s some confusing, brutal conflict with other Israelites; there’s an execution of two Midianite kings; and then there’s an idol that Gideon makes that people start worshipping. It’s not the kind of story that we like to read and yet, if we…