When the Hebrew children arrived in the Promised Land, in the land flowing with milk and honey, even after they had defeated those who were living in the land, even then they had to make a decision. They had to decide which God they would serve. It is the same decision we have to make today! "Choose this day whom you will serve!"
In times of transitions we need those signs that remind us how God has been with us in the past. We call those human reminders saints. As we celebrate All Saints Day we are called to look back to look ahead
How intimate a relationship do we really want with God? Enough to challenge God? Moses was the ultimate negotiator, bargaining with the very creator of the universe. He might just be an example for us.
It is our nature to complain! Perhaps a remedy to is to turn our attention in the opposite direction, to realize that God will provide for today. Isn't that our prayer? "Give us this day our daily bread..."
The Kingdom of God is a gamble. That is what Jesus always said--we are called to risk everything on.....
Let's be honest. Following Jesus is not for the faint of heart. At times it can be terrifying to think of the consequences to relationships, maybe even our lives. Perhaps that is why over and over again Jesus tells his disciples, "Don't be afraid."
We like the spectacular story of Pentecost in Acts, but what about the quieter version told by John. Not as flashy, but so much more powerful, harder, and life changing.
It is the fastest growing group in our world--Spiritual but Not Religious. But what does it mean to be spiritual? What does the Spirit lead us to do and be?
It was Easter afternoon when two disciples made their way to Emmaus. A stranger walked along with them that they didn't recognize...until he broke the bread. How often are we blinded to seeing Jesus? Might our eyes be open as we break bread together?
What happens when we hear a story in its context, rather than just a snippet? Could we discover that the story isn't about a woman, but about us?
Advent is the beginning of something new. It is the church's New Year Celebration, where we can do things differently. We can live as if...... We can live as if we have hope!
Does your faith make a difference in your life? Does your faith offer you life today? If not, maybe it is time to read the story a different way!
In honor of Reformation Sunday a little scripture, a little history, a little our-story. As I said in the benediction, right now on Broadway there is a show that asks, "Who will tell your story?" More importantly, though, is what story might they tell?
Where is our faith when we find ourselves in the "in between" areas of life?
"If you had faith the size of a mustard seed..." Too often that has been a bludgeon we have used to beat ourselves with. But the truth is, we have faith! The question is in what.
What do you believe? What is the faith that moves your life?
There are stories that we know so well that we rarely hear them. But what if we could try to hear them again, as if for the very first time?
It has been a year since the horrific shootings at Mother Emanuel changed our city. It has been a week since the shootings at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando reminded us that we still have so much work to do. Are we willing to do the hard heart work necessary? Are we willing to admit, and then relinquish our privilege?
It is VBS Week at Providence, the week we hope our children will learn some wonderful stories. What are the stories we have learned? How have they made us who we are? But more importantly, are we sharing those stories with the next generation?
Summertime is the time when life is a bit different, when we try to slow down just a bit and get in touch with ourselves, with nature. In doing so, we also have the opportunity to get in touch with the re-creation of God.