There is a special relationship between mother and child. (I know…kinda a weird way to start out a Father’s Day message. Just bear with me!) Our mother is our first home. She’s the first source of nourishment and protection as we are in her womb. We are physically bonded with our mother in a symbiotic relationship. We cannot survive without our mother. Once we are born that bond is developed further through the intimate act of breastfeeding which connects mother and child physically, emotionally and even spiritually. I say this not so......
One early evening on a lonely country road, an old man was standing on a bridge, high above a deep river. He had just dropped a pebble over the railing to see how long it would take to hit the water. As he watched the ripples fanning out, along came a pickup truck. It slowly came to a stop, but the motor kept running. The old man noticed the name painted on the door: Jack’s Greenhouse Nurseries. Walking up to the window, he saw a man behind the wheel with his head......
I am dumbfounded. And it’s because of my kids. You know how kids…especially siblings…play together, right? Sometimes they play like they really love one another. And sometimes they play like they hate each other. Most of the time it’s somewhere in between. My two older girls will start out playing nice. They’re on the same page having fun. Joy Kate is princess Elsa and Nora is princess Ana. They get rambunctious acting out a scene from their favorite movie Frozen. They get further and further into the story, and then it happens. Joy Kate –......
Sometimes at the most tragic moments of life, we need something fun, something funny, something entertaining to pull us back from the dead and dying into the life we are living. So, I have figure out exactly how to do this and I am here today to impart this incredible knowledge to you. It’s really simple and it has been right in front of us all along and you are gonna kick yourself when you realize. You and I were first presented with the idea on January 25, 1987. I know right,......
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’ ” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in......
We spent a good amount of time last year working on our church mission statement. Our mission is to serve Christ by mutually supporting one another and embodying God’s grace and love for all This is a great mission statement, and we spent time on this for good reason. It helps us clarify and connect to our sense of shared purpose and calling. It gives us a practical way of thinking through the things we consider doing and saying in our church community. But we also need a reminder. We are not......
Read with me the Story of Simon’s Mother-In-Law from Mark 1:29-31. It’s kinda sad that in over 2000 years when a couple of guys walk into someone’s home they have no clue how to fend for themselves. So they have to go to such lengths as miraculously healing the sick lady of the house to get anything done. Some of you ladies out there are thinking this woman was pretty smart. She knew as soon as those guys walked in that they couldn’t do anything for themselves….so she comes down with a......
Skepticism. It’s about a questioning attitude or doubt. Today I want to share a story about a skeptic. The next day Jesus wanted to go into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law and the Prophets: Jesus, Joseph’s son, from Nazareth.” Nathanael responded, “Can anything from Nazareth be good?” Philip said, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and......
Pray with me. Silence. Holy One. May we listen to You. And by listening, may we love. Amen. At the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, one of the requirements for graduation is a Mission Immersion Experience. You are required to spend at least two weeks in a different culture. During that two weeks, you spend a lot of time becoming immersed into the culture and learning about the people on a deeper level. This trip is much different than typical mission trips. Instead of going with the intention of doing and serving and......
There’s an old familiar Robert Frost poem that speaks about diverging roads. You are probably familiar with its most famous line about taking the road less traveled and that making all the difference. Yet the poem is not titled “the road less traveled.” No, it is titled “The Road Not Taken.” As if the author is not focused on the road he took, but more on the road not taken. And if, in fact, you read the poem, it is focused on the road NOT taken. Listen. Two roads diverged in a......