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We are entering the Holiest Week of the Christian year.

Dear Members and Friends, The cross reveals the sin of the world.            -Stanley Hauerwas, 21st century theologian/ethicist We are entering the Holiest Week of the Christian year.  Holy Week is a time of “walking in the shadows”.  It is a time when we remember the suffering and death of Jesus.  It is not an easy week […]

A horrible tragedy has struck our community. One that has hit extremely close to home for so many of us.

Dear Members and Friends, And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them?  Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem?  No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.” -Jesus, Gospel of Luke 13:4-5, (NLT) A horrible tragedy has struck our community.  One […]

GOD’S FOOLISH WISDOM

This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.           -1 Corinthians 1:25 (Preached on Sunday, March 4, 2018) I would like to begin this sermon by reading you a letter from “Jordan Management Consultants”, located in Jerusalem.  It is addressed […]

Compassion arises as a direct and appropriate response to suffering. Now, there is no shortage of human suffering in our world. Then why isn’t there more compassion?

Dear Members and Friends, Either the United States will destroy ignorance, or ignorance will destroy the United States.            -W.E.B. Du Bois, 20th century historian By now you have undoubtedly heard the many stories recounting the horror that took place on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  You have also, I hope, heard the […]

There have been 4 legitimately labeled school shootings in the US already this year…

Dear Members and Friends, There is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwilling to resolve. -Miroslav Volf, theology professor at Yale Our hearts are broken.  On Valentine’s Day the worst school shooting in the horrible history of school shootings in the USA was perpetrated and 17 hearts stopped beating.  Another 15 […]

IT IS SIMPLE: LISTEN TO JESUS

Just then a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and from deep in the cloud, a voice: “This is my son, marked by my love.  Listen to him.”               -Mark 9:7 (Preached on Sunday, February 11, 2018) The traditional location in Israel for the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus is Mount Tabor.  It is located about 10 […]