Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus XVI: Bread of Heaven

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, we thank you that in your infinite kindness you have made us your children. We thank that because Jesus is our older brother, and we have been adopted through the blood that was shed on the cross, that we can call you Father. We thank you that you have always provided…

Permanent Guests

1 John says that the world will know that we love God when they see the love that we have for one another. To say that you are a Christian, to claim the name of Christ is to say that you are a recipient of the hospitality of God. Each week he invites you into…

Jesse and Kate and the Summer

I’ve told my wife several times in the last few weeks that it will be nice when school finally starts up again. Things will slow down to a more normal pace, I think. It’s been a great, fun-filled summer to be sure. A trip to Idaho in early July for two weeks, a trip to…

The Vision of God by Vladimir Lossky

Note: This summer I have the privilege of conducting an independent study with Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old, professor of reformed liturgics at Erskine Theological Seminary who also used to lecture at Princeton Theological Seminary. As part of that study, I have been reading a number of books related to our studies of Christian worship. I…

Deep Wells of Salvation

In our sermon text today, we saw that God turned the bitter water of Mara into sweet waters. This is very reminiscent of the first miracle of Jesus where at Mary’s request Jesus turned the water of purification of the Jews into wine for the wedding feast at Cana. There are perhaps a number of…

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 15

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, Jesus said that he was able to give us living water, the water of life that would well up in us to eternal life. We ask that you would give us that living water now, that our souls would be refreshed and strengthened through Jesus. IntroductionThe Road to Emmaus passage (Luke…

Rejoicing in the Story of Time

One of the realities of life is time. In a sense, time is just a measurement of motion; time is just keeping track of the distance our planet flies through space to get around the sun, keeping track of how many times light and darkness trade places, measuring shadows growing and shrinking and disappearing. But…

Summertime

Lord of the Temple by Ernst Lohmeyer

Note: This summer I have the privilege of conducting an independent study with Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old, professor of reformed liturgics at Erskine Theological Seminary as well as a visiting lecturer at Princeton Theological Seminary. As part of that study, I will be reading a number of books related to our studies of Christian worship….

How to Bring Down Abercrombie and Fitch

One of the things that this table teaches us is about what is cool. And we need to realize that would people mean by “cool” is “blessing.” We live in a world that hates god and is constantly telling us about how to be cool, how to hate God and be happy. They show us…