“When People Meet Jesus – Their Priorities are Revealed,” John 6: 60-71

So the Bachelor ended this week. I’ll forgive you if you were distracted by other things and missed the finale, you’ll be shocked to know, I’m sure, that he did not find love. But maybe, but probably not. But an interesting thing happened this year, if you remember back in January I mentioned the beginning … Continue reading “When People Meet Jesus – Their Priorities are Revealed,” John 6: 60-71

When People Meet Jesus: They Learn Who Can Matter, John 6: 1-12

A boy wakes up one morning to the smell of bread baking through the windows of his home. He walks outside to see his mother working over a fire, preparing bread and fish for the day and sits down to have a small loaf for breakfast. He’s quiet, the way boys sometimes are with their … Continue reading When People Meet Jesus: They Learn Who Can Matter, John 6: 1-12

“Lessons From Mema: The Machine Doesn’t Fold the Right Way,” 2 Samuel 11

Chrissy brought up a TV show last week so I felt it only right to respond with an example from my go to Netflix show, The Office. There’s a specific episode I’m thinking of, where a very minor plot involves Pam, the secretary, going to great lengths to keep Michael, the manager of the office, … Continue reading “Lessons From Mema: The Machine Doesn’t Fold the Right Way,” 2 Samuel 11

“Lessons From Mema: Snake Won’t Bite Me,” Acts 28: 1-4, Genesis 3

Let’s talk about snake handling for a minute. Show of hands, anyone been to a snake handling church? There’s one allegedly in Greenville (SC), I went once but they didn’t pull the snakes out.  They are notoriously secretive and not sure about outsiders. Snake handling is actually illegal in every state but West Virginia, most … Continue reading “Lessons From Mema: Snake Won’t Bite Me,” Acts 28: 1-4, Genesis 3

“When People Meet Jesus: Expectations Shift,” John 2: 1-12

I have to wonder what the disciples were thinking when they arrived at this wedding. We’re not sure how many of the ultimate twelve are with Jesus at this point, we’ve only seen five mentioned at this point but John doesn’t follow the same “getting the gang together” pattern that the other Gospel writers have … Continue reading “When People Meet Jesus: Expectations Shift,” John 2: 1-12

“These Three Remain – Hope,” 1 Thessalonians 1: 2-3

Thessalonica was not a city known for rocking the boat. From the moment the city was founded it had an air of kissing up to the powers that be, Thessalonica was founded during the reign of Alexander the great and it just so happened that Alexander had a half-sister with that very same name. After … Continue reading “These Three Remain – Hope,” 1 Thessalonians 1: 2-3

“These Three Remain – Love,” 1 Corinthians 13

So, after a few weeks we find ourselves back where we started, with Paul’s famous words to the Corinthians dealing with love, the greatest, he says, of the things that remain. And we get caught up in the poetry of the words here and the romanticized notions of love that this has come to represent … Continue reading “These Three Remain – Love,” 1 Corinthians 13

These Three Remain: Faith, Hebrews 11: 1-2

Last week we were reminded of Paul’s call to the church in Corinth to turn their attention away from things that are temporal and instead focus on things that will last or, in his words, will remain. The things that, if everything else disappeared, would still be available and useful to us, would still matter … Continue reading These Three Remain: Faith, Hebrews 11: 1-2