Why telling the Nativity Story could get you killed

The Nativity. A familiar story. Very familiar. Too familiar? When we think about the Nativity story, about the birth of Jesus, we often play music in our heads to the tune of Silent Night, Holy Night. Where all is calm, and all is bright. Or perhaps for you the song is Away in a MangerContinue reading “Why telling the Nativity Story could get you killed”

John the Baptist was not supposed to Baptize – Luke 1:1-24

This week we started a series studying the Gospel of Luke, and we learned that John the Baptist was not supposed to Baptize!  What was he supposed to do?  What was his mission? What is the difference between John’s birth prophecy and mission and Jesus’ birth prophecy and mission? For many people, it can beContinue reading “John the Baptist was not supposed to Baptize – Luke 1:1-24”

Who was the most intelligent person who ever lived?

Who would you say was the most intelligent person who ever lived? Google it and Einstein and Stephen Hawking’s pictures are prevalent.  There’s also Marilyn vos Savant from Parade magazine.  I remember reading her column each week really impressed with how she always figured out reader’s questions.  There were also a few other people IContinue reading “Who was the most intelligent person who ever lived?”

Garlic, $10 bill, Baha’i info – The Monday Messy Office Report – July 28, 2014

My Friday tidy office is mysterious messy on Monday.  Here’s what I found today: 1. Garlic – I found a plastic grocery store bag with a garlic in my office.  My wife mentioned that this was from friends at church.  They had a garden and were sharing!  Pretty awesome.  This time of year a lotContinue reading “Garlic, $10 bill, Baha’i info – The Monday Messy Office Report – July 28, 2014”

On Being Holy – 1 Corinthians 1:1-3

Two days ago we started a series teaching through the book of 1st Corinthians.  It’s actually not a book, but a letter.  As I mentioned last week here, Paul is writing to a church that is struggling to maintain it’s discipleship to Jesus in the midst of the wealthy overly-sexualized culture. In other words, he’sContinue reading “On Being Holy – 1 Corinthians 1:1-3”

We are all witnesses…of Lebron James?

Remember this commercial? As the NBA season heads toward playoffs, Lebron James, now in his third season with the Miami Heat, has just lead his team on an amazing regular season run including a recent stretch during which the Heat won 27 straight games.  Though my vote for greatest basketball player of all time willContinue reading “We are all witnesses…of Lebron James?”

I am preaching the same sermon four times in a row…thank you Lectionary very much.

I don’t know a whole lot about the history of the Lectionary.  I guess I could at least do a basic search on Wikipedia, but not right now.  Clearly, someone put a lot of time and thought into the selection of passages because they fit well with the Christian calendar. For example, it’s Lent rightContinue reading “I am preaching the same sermon four times in a row…thank you Lectionary very much.”