As we think about faith today, I want to go to one of the most famous verses in all of Christianity, at least from the perspective of our society. It’s a verse that we see plastered on signs people are holding at sporting events. It’s a verse we put on ballcaps and t-shirts and cards that we send. It’s a verse that is known well simple by citing the name of the book, chapter and verse number. It’s a verse that many people say is their favorite in all the Bible. It’s......
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......
We have several unique pieces of art in the sanctuary at Hood Memorial Christian Church. And today, on Good Shepherd Sunday, I want to point out to you the Good Shepherd window. Many sermons and poems and songs about the Good Shepherd. They all have a message. And our window has some messages in it. Some of which may be hidden to you right now. Like most pastors and painters and poets, our window suggests that the Good Shepherd is about relationship. But not in the way you might think! Think with......
Are you familiar with the I AM statements in the Bible? There are 7 of them (some folks advocate for 8). They all say something different, something unique. I am… The Bread of Life The Light of the World The Door The Good Shepherd The Resurrection and the Life The Way the Truth and the Life The True Vine So, given their differences, which one is true? Which one do you believe in? This is not a fair question is it? But isn’t this the attitude of many in our society today? Isn’t......
This past Sunday, we talked about how the heart of resurrection is change. Change from one state to another, from death and despair to life and hope. That is the very essence of resurrection…a change that takes place in someone, something or someplace that restores him, her or it to life…and not just any old life, but to new and abundant life. I mentioned that change can be hard…uncomfortable. But that discomfort and unrest is exactly where God meets us and finds us. Change is where we experience the new life that God......
"The only legacy we leave is that forged in relationship." Let us not simply forge a relationship with our self and the rich man of the parable and succumb to the solitude of greed. But instead let us reach out to God and to all God's diverse children in relationship so that our legacy will be one of love and grace....