Fertilize a Metaphor

The last long weekend of summer (until Thanksgiving) is almost upon us. It seems as if everyone is asking, “What are you doing for Labor Day?” The grocery stores are stocking up for the final BBQ extravaganza – the weekend where we gather with friends and sit by...
Apples, Onions, and Cheese

Apples, Onions, and Cheese

Apples, Onions, and Cheese Story Lectionary 4 September 2016 The Story of Dinah and Schechem (Genesis 34) The Story of the Saving of Moses by Batya (Bithiah), Daughter of Pharaoh (Exodus 1 and 2) The Story of Samson and Delilah (Judges 16) The Story of Ruth Psalm 37:...
You’re Not Home Yet

You’re Not Home Yet

You’re Not Home Yet Lectionary 4 September 2016 16th Sunday After Pentecost Jeremiah 18:1-11 Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33 Text to Life [Here’s an idea for Labor Day Sunday: Send out on social media an invitation for the people of your church to...

No Pats, No Bashes –Preaching Tip for 4 September 2016

When you preach, you don’t want to pat your congregation on the head and tell them everything they do is ok and good.  Jesus was clear that there is a difference between right and wrong, sin and not.  Jesus forgave sins, but also bade people to sin no more...