Gospel

Merry Christmas Everyone! It’ that time again when Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. Two gospels offer a narrative about Jesus’ birth, Matthew, and Luke. Mark and John omit the story to focus on other parts of the gospel story. This year I am rereading the Gospel of Mark and looking at its telling of … Continue reading Gospel

Knowing Christ

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3:8 NLT) The apostle Paul, before his Damascus experience, measured his life according to some of the same things many people use to identify themselves even today. Paul grew up clinging to his religious upbringing, his participation … Continue reading Knowing Christ

The First Psalm

After more than a month sheltering in place, the shift of the world has sunk in. I have sat in an empty building for five weeks now. While some of that time was spent navigating the overwhelming technological shift that occurred for our congregation, life has demanded time for meditation. For centuries, Christians have relied … Continue reading The First Psalm

Salt

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” (Matthew 5:13) If the beatitudes are a picture of the kingdom, the disciples are proof that God’s kingdom … Continue reading Salt