The identity of The Word in… – John 1:1-18, Part 4

Who was God in the skin?  In our study of John 1:1-18, we learned in the previous post that John writes in verse 14 that God, who John calls The Word, took on human skin. But John hasn’t told us yet who The Word is, so let me introduce another word. God in the skinContinue reading “The identity of The Word in… – John 1:1-18, Part 4”

Throwing light on the shadow side of lawn care – Current Events: A Theology of Lawn Care, Part 5

When I refer to the shadow side of the Great American Lawn, I don’t mean the grass that is growing in the shade of a tree.  When I say “shadow side,” I’m referring to the possibility that lawns of grass might not always be a good thing.  Who gets to decide that freshly clipped grassContinue reading “Throwing light on the shadow side of lawn care – Current Events: A Theology of Lawn Care, Part 5”

Your lawn matters to your community – Current Events: A Theology of Lawn Care, Part 4

A second way that The Great American Lawn is theologically instructive for Christians is related to community.  While a property owner does have individual say over the state of their lawn, they are also part of a community.  We Christians are right to see ourselves as part of a community.  In 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, PaulContinue reading “Your lawn matters to your community – Current Events: A Theology of Lawn Care, Part 4”

Your lawn as co-creative art – Current Events: A Theology of Lawn Care, Part 3

How does God think about lawns and lawn care? First of all, we start in Genesis.  Page 1 of the Bible. In Genesis chapter 1, God creates the cosmos, including the earth, and in verse 11 we read, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants, etc.  The land produced this, and God saw that itContinue reading “Your lawn as co-creative art – Current Events: A Theology of Lawn Care, Part 3”

A perfect lawn makes you a model citizen? – Current Events: A Theology of Lawn Care, Part 2

In the previous post, we watched a video stating that lawns date back at least to the 1600s, when the aristocracy in Europe developed the first lawns.  When they built castles, they removed the forests around the castles, so that the soldiers inside could have a clear line of sight as they watched for invaders. Continue reading “A perfect lawn makes you a model citizen? – Current Events: A Theology of Lawn Care, Part 2”

The Great American Lawn – Current Events: A Theology of Lawn Care, Part 1

In the USA on July 4th we celebrate Independence primarily by launching fireworks. What other American cultural classics are a part of July 4th?  Getting together with family for a cookout where we eat burgers, hotdogs and apple pie. Then we play baseball or maybe a game of wiffle ball.  You know what those activitiesContinue reading “The Great American Lawn – Current Events: A Theology of Lawn Care, Part 1”

Does God care about your lawn? – Current Events: A Theology of the American Lawn, Preview

This coming week is another Current Events week on the blog.  This time, rather than talk about a media headline, I decided to write about one of our American summer pastimes…mowing the lawn.  And no, it will not be a sermon about if the Bible says it is right or wrong to mow lawns onContinue reading “Does God care about your lawn? – Current Events: A Theology of the American Lawn, Preview”

God is______? – Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Preview

If you had to describe God in one word, which is impossible I know, what word would you use?  Pause reading this, think about it, maybe write down the word, and then come back to the email. What word to you land on?  Holy?  Pure?  Trinity?  Jesus?  Perfect?  All-powerful (or its fancy synonym, “omnipotent”)?  AnotherContinue reading “God is______? – Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Preview”

The uncomfortable necessity of unity – Ezekiel 37:15-28, Part 3

Have you ever had the unsettling experience of being in a conversation and having very little idea of what the other person is talking about? You think to yourself, “I am embarrassed that I don’t know about this. It seems like I should have known about this.” I’ve had that feeling in my local ministerium.Continue reading “The uncomfortable necessity of unity – Ezekiel 37:15-28, Part 3”

God’s promise of hope and strength for those who are suffering – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 5

In the previous post we learned that suffering is the way to glory. I have to admit that I don’t like the sound of that. I would rather glory come by way of ease, comfort and fun. This is precisely why Paul says what he says next in our ongoing study of 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17. Continue reading “God’s promise of hope and strength for those who are suffering – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 5”