It Takes More!

May 31, 2020 Political and religious unrest.  Heavy taxes. Wide disparity between rich and poor. Homelessness. Unemployment. Disease. Struggles between local and national authorities. Oppression of minority groups. This is a small descriptor of life in the first century Roman Empire – a descriptor of life in Jerusalem and its surrounding towns and villages.  AContinue reading “It Takes More!”

Now What? … Wait for It!

MAY 24, 2020 Now what? I find myself asking that a lot these days – for so long I was fairly sure about what my life was all about – the role I was to play day to day.  Sometimes those roles stood alone, sometimes they intersected – but always I had some idea asContinue reading “Now What? … Wait for It!”

Eastertide – Just the Facts is never enough!

MAY 17, 2020 Ever find yourself equipped with the facts and think you were good to go? Reality check, facts are never enough!  Think about performing CPR…I sure wouldn’t want someone using CPR on me if they knew nothing beyond the facts. Hands-on instruction is needed in order to know how to revive a personContinue reading “Eastertide – Just the Facts is never enough!”

Eastertide: Move Over, Job!

MAY 10, 2020 These days, don’t you kind of feel like Job? That Old Testament man’s life was one big tragedy.  I mean, think about it – his family was healthy, happy and prosperous. Job was a devoutly religious man. Then tragedy stuck. I mean one tragic thing after another: his entire family wiped outContinue reading “Eastertide: Move Over, Job!”

Eastertide: The Great Puzzler: Mary, the Mother of Jesus

MAY 3, 2020 So many folks seem to be doing puzzles during these days that I thought I wouldgive it a shot; after all, I have a 1000 piece puzzle that has been on my game shelf for years just waiting to be put together.  The box top shows a beautiful Vermont Christmas scene similarContinue reading “Eastertide: The Great Puzzler: Mary, the Mother of Jesus”

Easter – Trust but Verify – Thomas

APRIL 26, 2020 This past week, I caught a news story that I just had to share – a true Easter miracle of redemption and hope in the midst of the despair and devastation we are currently experiencing as a consequence of COVID-19. Until COVID-19 took hold in South Africa, the gangs in Cape Town,Continue reading “Easter – Trust but Verify – Thomas”

Christ is risen! The Lord is risen, indeed!

APRIL 12, 2020 How easily that Easter greeting rolls off our tongues during worship but have we any idea exactly what we are saying? If we did, would we reconsider how casually we say the words? Or perhaps, would we say the words in a whisper so that people don’t think we are crazy –Continue reading “Christ is risen! The Lord is risen, indeed!”