Our fundamental goal is "knowing God." The essential assumption is that the Bible is God's message to humanity so that God will be known and loved by God's Creation. The Bible is sufficient in and of itself, so that thoughtful study of it will lead to ever-increasing intimacy with God.
Each week we'll endeavor to engage Scripture and tradition and to bring them into our present reality. Since I am a working pastor I will use the same sources for this podcast that inform my weekly preaching and teaching duties. These days I am drawing upon the Revised Common Lectionary. This examination of the Word will be based on all but one of the scheduled readings from the RCL, since a podcast of my weekly sermon message covering one of the readings is already posted each week.
For Everything a Season: Vanity Insanity
In this week's message from Ecclesiastes, Solomon teaches us that vanity insanity will lead to the dissolution of sacred relationships and end with dissatisfaction and self-destruction. We will discuss this and consider its remedy as we dedicate ourselves to worship, prayer, learning, and service. It turns out that Solomon would have done much more of that if he'd had it to do over again. What about you?
For Everything a Season: A Time for Everything
This time we will continue with our study of the book of Ecclesiastes. We'll read Solomon's well-known "For everything there is a season" passage. Solomon's list reminds us that we must not be surprised by our encounters with life's trials since they are natural to humankind. We will contend with these realities and discuss our relationship with God under such circumstances. We'll find that Solomon made some harsh statements about God even as he demonstrated extraordinary faith in God.
For Everything a Season: Introduction
In the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon reveals life's true purpose and the follies of human pride. In this series, we will learn from his wisdom and raw humanity.
The Love of God
The entire bible is a love story. Christmas reminds us that God so loved His creation that He did everything He can do to redeem it.
Adventus: The Same But Different
Christmas is an easy time to think too much about the times gone by, especially this year when so much has changed so fast. Subtle majesty underlies the birth story of Jesus and his gentle, desperate parent’s attempt to find shelter for his birth when we think of the star that lighted their way and the multitude of angels who attended them unseen. Unseen until they spoke to the shepherds and then sang the LORD’s glory. Those plain shepherds saw the first glimpse of what Jesus’ glorious return will be like when the barrier between Heaven and Earth opened before them like curtains. When Christ returns it will be like his birth in some ways and very different in others.
Adventus: The Kingdom is at Hand
The Apostle Paul says in his letter to the Philippians that “the Lord is at hand.” The dictionary definition of the term, “at hand” breaks it down in three ways: a.)Nearby; physically within one's reach b)Currently in need of addressing c)Impending or imminent. An examination of Paul’s declaration in light of this definition suggests that the Lord is physically present, must be attended to, and also imminent (definitely expected). What does this mean and how does it impact our lives?