READ: 2 Kings 4:42-44

When I finally relented to God’s call into pastoral ministry, I was in a hard place.
I had just come off a separation and was living on my own,
the boys were still very young,
I had about sixth months before I was to begin seminary,
I had just fin...

Read: Ephesians 3:14-21

One of my favorite things to do is to walk along a path or trail in the woods and sort of meditate on all that surrounds me.
Not that long ago, a friend and I were walking on a trail in Bear Meadows in the Rothrock State Forest.
It was mid-summer...

READ: Ephesians 2:11-22

Who is near in your life, and who is far?
I ask that question to open today’s message because it’s the same question Paul is asking his congregation in the Roman city of Ephesus roughly 1960 years ago.
The church in Ephesus was important to Paul...

READ: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

If you were a fan of Christian Contemporary Music in the ‘80s and ‘90s, many of the songs that might have been lodged in your head for days were most likely written by Rich Mullins.
But while Mullins’s music was indeed a gift, the way he spoke...

READ: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19

 In the 1996 blockbuster movie, “Jerry Maguire” — the story about a successful sports agent who seems to have it all —
the main character, played by Tom Cruise, almost overnight loses everything — his job, his clients, his respect, his finan...

READ: Ephesians 1:3-14

When I was a child, I often — and without realizing it — got the words and concepts of Heaven and Kingdom a little mixed up.
I thought of them as synonymous only —
that is, I believed that when you died, if you believed in God, you would one day e...

 

READ: Mark 6:1-6

One of my favorite books as a teenager was Watership Down, by Richard Adams.
I might have been 13 or 14 when I first read it, and it shaped the way I thought about the natural world in a profound way.
The book was written in 1973.
And the statement the...

READ: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If we’ve ever been to a wedding or a funeral, chances are, we’ve heard this reading.
1 Corinthians 13.1-13.
At some point in my life, I had the well-known Bible verse in a frame hanging on a wall.
It was a gift.
Love is patient, love is kind…
...

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