How the godly fall – Characters: Samson, Part 2

A fall from grace. Maybe you’ve experienced it. Or maybe another’s fall has affected you. There have been a number of high profile such failures, and countless more lower profile examples that don’t get reported in the news. No matter the situation, they impact people deeply, leaving us wonder, “How did that happen?” Parents splitContinue reading “How the godly fall – Characters: Samson, Part 2”

Hope when life is very dark – Titus 3:1-8, Part 3

Do you have a dark past? Is life feeling messy or difficult right now? If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, you’re not alone. All of us go through really troubling times. In the middle of it, we can feel a confusing mixture of fear, sadness, pain, longing, despair, and we wonder ifContinue reading “Hope when life is very dark – Titus 3:1-8, Part 3”

How NOT to wait during hard times [First Sunday of Advent, part 4]

We have been studying the concept of waiting during dark times in this series of posts on the Lectionary passages for the First Sunday of Advent.  In part 3, we introduced the fourth reading, Luke 21:25-36, where Jesus prophesies his second coming.  Christians throughout the ages have been waiting for his return. That waiting canContinue reading “How NOT to wait during hard times [First Sunday of Advent, part 4]”

There is hope in dark times! [First Sunday of Advent, part 1]

For Advent 2018, Faith Church will be following the readings in the Revised Common Lectionary.  Each Sunday we’ll look at how the four readings tie together thematically, all supporting the goals of the season of Advent.  Thus we are pausing our series on Deuteronomy.  We’ll return to that after the New Year 2019.  Why doesContinue reading “There is hope in dark times! [First Sunday of Advent, part 1]”

How lament can shine light into the darkness of our world

Do you sense the darkness in our world? I started this series of posts by describing the tragedies in our world, all adding to the darkness.  Just last evening, my wife and I watched the episode of The Crown where a dense poisonous smog settles on London.  It stayed there for days, and thousands lostContinue reading “How lament can shine light into the darkness of our world”

Feeling low this Christmas?

Fear.  Sadness.  Longing.  Disappointment.  Loneliness. Are you feeling any of these emotions lately? It seems like the world can be a dark place.  Even at this most joyous time of the year, we can feel low.  As we look around our lives, our culture, and our planet, we can have a distinct impression that thingsContinue reading “Feeling low this Christmas?”