|Posted on August 30, 2017 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
When Luther started the reformation, he did not have the end result in mind. Rather, he was responding to abuses that he had winessed within the church. Indulgences, a theology of fear and exclusion, a church hierarchy that seemed more about acquiring wealth than serving the people. He saw this and believed the church needed to go a different way. He did not expect to create a new denomination named after him. In spite of that, I don't think that would have stopped him. He saw a church in nee...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 5, 2017 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Here is a story of two types of unity.
The Tower of Babel is a story of unity. But it is a unity driven by human purpose, namely the desire to reach the heavens and become divine in the process. It is a unity that is broken by God because any time human beings seek to be God in God's place, it ends in disaster. The languiages of the people are confused to protect them from more attempts at the divine, more attempts at absolute catastrophe.
The story of Pentecost is a story o...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 13, 2017 at 12:05 PM||comments (0)|
In our Bible study that wrapped up on April 12th, we studied Romans 12. In that chapter, Paul is exhorting the Roman church to offer themselves as "living sacrifices". They are asked to live out good and holy lives, seeking justice, loving kindness and walking in humility. This call echoes the call issued by the prophets of old, like Amos and Isaiah and Hosea. Empty sacrifices, empty ritual, was not what God wanted. God wanted Israel to live out their lives as living sacrifices. That was Paul...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 23, 2017 at 12:40 PM||comments (0)|
Lent is a time that is often associated with sobriety, asceticism and sacrifice. The idea behind all of that was that we would deny ourselves the worldly pleasures that could keep us from seeing God, and in so doing, re-establish a closer, more poignant relationship with our Creator. However, too often it is like some trial of righteousness. "You gave up chocolate.....well I'll give up chocolate and coffee." It becomes a weird contest of wills wherein we want to out suffer the other person an...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Epiphany is the season of light. That means a lot in a cold weather climate like our own. A season of light in our season of darkness, snow and cold. In a season like this, a candle holds a lot of meaning. It is a source of light and warmth in a time where we would just as well cuddle into a blanket than brave the great outdoors.
But this season of light is important for more than the "pick-me-up" it provides during a difficult season. It reminds us of God's light, a light that shines i...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 7, 2016 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
Memory is a wonderful thing. It keeps alive our past and it allows us to treasure all the best moments we have lived. Those moments are so fleeting that if not for memory, our lives would feel transient, and without substance. Memories are a blessing.
But memories are also a way to repaint the past. Memories can make the past seem better or worse than it truly was. I have a tendency to look back on the past with rose colored glass, forgetting that certain t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 24, 2016 at 2:50 AM||comments (0)|
At the Synod Convention we were challenged to read the Bible in a single year as part of the start of the 500th Anniversary Reformation 2017.
I was able to find a one year reading plan and I would encourage you to use it. You can start it at any time, but if you wish to work through this process together, we will be reading through this plan beginning October 3, around noon as a way to encourage and support one another through this challeng...Read Full Post »