Pastor’s Prayer –for 5 June 2016

Gracious God, may your messages and preaching come to us through your Holy Spirit’s power, so that our faith might not rest on the articulation of words by our pastor or the acumen of the human mind, but upon Your power and presence. Help us never to depend upon our...
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach   “Treat the living as though they were dying, and the dead as though they were alive.” Russian philosopher Nicholas Berdyaev (1874-1948) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (W. W....

The Joy of the Ordinary

Last week I gave an overview of the weeks of the Christian Year called “Ordinary Time.” The themes and scripture passages of these next 25+ weeks give the church time and space in which to notice and name the ‘ordinariness’ of life … and yet, the ordinariness is so...
Strange Instruments

Strange Instruments

Strange Instruments Lectionary 29 May 2016 2nd Sunday After Pentecost 1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39 Psalm 96 Galatians 1:1-12 Luke 7:1-10 Text to Life Every culture has some form of rite of passage from childhood to adulthood. We are more familiar with the Jewish...

What is a metaphor?

What is a metaphor? A metaphor is a noun that serves to describe something hard to describe, or adds depth and additional attributes to something or someone, or highlights a wider meaning of something or someone. The scriptures are filled with metaphors.  From Genesis...