Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Today we continue with Mark’s Gospel and hear another pair of parables as Jesus is teaching the people and his disciples. Jesus shares two parables, both involving a person sowing seeds and waiting on the harvest.Continue Reading
And There He Stood in his Fig Leaf
The first few chapters of the Book of Genesis tell in a theological way why creation happened, who is behind all that exists, and the central importance men and women have in this plan.Continue Reading
The Dance of the Trinity
I had heard it was an awesome site. I had seen pictures of it. I even saw it once on a video. But when I saw it for myself, I was blown away. I was standing on the southern edge of the Grand Canyon. Before me was the deepest gorge I had ever seen. It was miles to the northern edge. The intricate different colors of different layers of rock were truly awesome to behold. And very subtly the colors gradually changed as the sun moved across the sky. I took picture after picture, but still I was being encountered by an action of God that began millions of years ago and was still being formed. It was beyond being captured by a photo or even description.Continue Reading
The Yet; Not Yet
It was the celebration of the first harvest of the year. Jerusalem was filled with pilgrims from all the known world. The disciples were in the Upper Room praying eagerly awaiting the power from on high that Jesus had promised before ascending to be with his Father. And suddenly there was the rush of a mighty wind like we recently experienced in Greensboro. There was a mighty wind containing rain and hail. It was so powerful, and the hail was so strong it was hard to see out the window and I wondered if we were going to experience a tornado.Continue Reading
Do you want wisdom?
For more than 50 days since Jesus rose from the dead, he spent time with his disciples giving them final instructions. Now the time came for Jesus to return to his father and just before leaving, he tells them after he ascends to his Father in Heaven they are to go to Jerusalem, pray and await the coming of God’s power from on high, the Holy Spirit.Continue Reading
What is Peter Telling Us?
There is a message of Christianity that is often forgotten, especially since there are so many denominations often at war with each other; all human beings are brothers and sisters created and loved by the same God. Jesus came to break down the walls we have built between each other and to discover we are called to look out for each other as members of the same family, and to be saved from the power of sin and death by him.Continue Reading
Of Vines and Branches
It was a solemn moment. The entire group in the Upper Room with Jesus knew some very big events were about to happen. Fearing the unknown the disciples were frightened, and Thomas expressed for many their doubts and fears.Continue Reading
While Running from the Shepherd, I fell into his arms.
Friends of ours in Ohio had a farm. One of the things they did was to raise sheep. They were amazed at what they discovered about sheep. Sheep are very strong willed and often fight with each other. If there is a weak sheep in their midst, they will not let them get to the feed trough and the animal eventually dies of starvation.Continue Reading
Flesh and Bones
He is risen. He is risen indeed. This is the theme of the Easter Season. Jesus, who once suffered and died, has risen from the dead; sent the Holy Spirit to establish and empower the Church; and is living proof that life is stronger than death; good is stronger than evil; love is stronger that hate; and no sin is beyond God’s forgiveness and resurrection power.Continue Reading
The Shadow Side of Faith
It had been a terribly upsetting time. Jesus was arrested in the garden, all the disciples fled except Peter and when he was asked in the Garden of the High Priest if he was a disciple, he denied even knowing Jesus.Continue Reading