Monthly Archives: July 2019

When I’m Half Dead

My sermon for this week, “What I Can’t Do Without My Neighbor: When I’m Half-Dead,”  is posted here on Medium. Also, video from our church’s livecast is here. Advertisements

More thoughts on the neighbor in the ditch

As I continue to study the text (Good Samaritan parable) for this Sunday, N.T. Wright’s take (Jesus and the Victory of God) on it is as challenging as it is helpful.  He sees the parable as Jesus’ way of teaching the lawyer–and Israel–to take a completely new and different view of what it means to be […]

Neighbor lying half-dead in street

Timely words from N.T. Wright’s Luke for Everyone re the Good Samaritan parable for Sunday’s gospel text: “No church, no Christian, can remain content with easy definitions which allow us to watch most of the world lying half-dead in the road.  Today’s preachers, and today’s defenders of the gospel, must find fresh ways of telling […]

A look at the Samaritan this Sunday

Even though the “Good Samaritan” story is familiar and still oft referenced in our culture and world, I’m glad to see that it’s in the lectionary for this Sunday.  It’s always timely but certainly so as religious folks are having so much trouble identifying who their neighbors are and, if doing so, showing them mercy. […]

Burdens to Carry

Message Manuscript for “Burdens Carried Here”   Galatians 1:1-16 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Sunday, July 7, 2019 Jinny and I ran the Firecracker 5K this past week on July 4.  Our kids ran in the children’s part of it a long time ago but we had not ever run it. Running a 5K […]

Haiku for Galatians 6

  Burdens we carry Helping others bear their load Fellowship divine

Quotes and image for our bulletin this Sunday

“The Christian, however, must bear the burden of a brother. He must suffer and endure the brother. It is only when he is a burden that another person is really a brother and not merely an object to be manipulated.”   Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together “If God is our father, the church is our mother.” […]