A History of Violence = A Society of Fear

In Luke 16, Jesus tells the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.  The rich man ends up in hell for his sins (neglecting the poor) and wants to warn his brothers so they might avoid his fate.  Abraham tells him his brothers have the words of Moses and the Prophets – that is warning […]

Thanks for Joining Us at the Harvest Fair!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the day.  The weather ultimately cooperated, but it was your being here that made the day special. We hope we see you again real soon – in worship or at our covered dish and ditty night, or at our breakfast, or at our Halloween Family Fun Night, or […]

God’s Idiocracy

To donate to UMCOR Disaster Relief work – visit our donate page for the link. I stole the word idiocracy from Mike Judge’s film of the same name – about a future where society has become so dumbed down that an average person today  is now the smartest.   In Mike Judge’s world, the term meant […]

Claim the Name

It’s pretty funny how much work lawyers have found in the world of rock music.  Lots of legal battles about money and copyrights, and names.  Several years ago 4 members of the group Yes reunited to tour together, but weren’t allowed to use the name Yes, because another former member was using the name.  There […]

Burden of Proof

We have been watching a TV show where the two main characters have diametrically opposed views about God. One is a devout Catholic; the other believes God does not exist, that Christianity is a mythology. The primary focus of the show is not the differences in their faith, but it does come up fairly often. […]

Painting Others Into the Picture

I have a picture of a painting called The Journey of the Magi to Bethlehem from a 15th century Italian artist named Gozzoli. Even though we know very little about the magi, it is safe to say this painting is not historically accurate, since everyone in the painting looks and is dressed like a mid-15th […]

Thanksgiving…for the Future

Thanksgiving is one of the times of the year that we are in agreement with the cultural mindset around us.   Even most of our unchurched neighbors will doing something that we believe in this week:  giving thanks.   But most people are giving thanks in one direction, while we are called to give thanks in both:  […]

Avoiding the Nostalgia Trap

I was out walking last week, and there was a moment, between the sunlight, the temperature, and the smell of the lawn I was passing, that I was instantly transported back to the high school soccer field. I have great memories of the excitement of the competition, of seeing my skills improve over the years, […]