The Gospel According to Water

The story of the Bible is the story of a river. It’s the story of the Spirit hovering over the waters, causing it to flow, making it surge, making it splash, making it live. Adam and Eve were supposed to build boats and ride the river down the mountain. They would have had great adventures….

Les Mis Ain’t the Gospel (or Grumpy People Don’t Go to Heaven)

Just saw the new Les Mis with Hugh Jackman a week or so back since everybody seems to be a buzz about it, and here are my thoughts. First of all, I didn’t hate it. I didn’t throw popcorn. I didn’t fall asleep. And I don’t think it was a horrible movie. But I didn’t cry, wasn’t…

Looking for Jesus: Part 6

[Note the first part of this sermon was The Gospel According to the Rocks.] What does the Bible say about the world? 1. When we consider all these themes (trees, lights, rocks, etc.), the Bible is telling us that there is a deep goodness embedded in the world (Gen. 1:31). All of creation has experienced…

The Gospel According to the Rocks

People are instinctively drawn to rocks, stones, and metals. Chances are many of the women in this room are wearing a small decorative rock on one or more of their fingers, perhaps on an ear, or hung on a chain around their neck. We pave roads and sidewalks and pathways with rocks and stones. We…

Top 12 Blog Posts of 2012

Hey there, everybody. Merry Seventh Day of Christmas and Happy New Year to you. I’ve recently been enjoying reading some of the other lists out there, reminded of a few posts I really enjoyed and found a few along the way that I had missed… so in the Christmas spirit of giving, I thought I’d…

Looking for Jesus: Part 5 & the Gospel According to the Child

This week in our series, Looking for Jesus: Learning to Read the Bible and the World Through New Eyes, we’re answering the question: What does the Bible do? And our theme is children. These two things actually go together so well, that I’m just going to combine them for today’s sermon rather than taking them sequentially….

The Gospel According to Gifts

Once upon a time, in the beginning, God gave. God spoke the universe into existence, and God gave reality, God gave existence, God gave all things. Creation itself was the first birthday party, the first festival, the first baby shower, the first graduation party, first wedding reception. The world was created, the world was born,…

Looking for Jesus: Part 4

[Note: I've broken my sermon from last Sunday into two parts for navigating convenience. This is the first part: What Should We Expect to Find in the Bible?, and I've linked to the second post which was the second half of the sermon: The Gospel According to Gifts.] This Fourth Sunday in Advent we continue our series…

The Newtown inside all of Us

There’s a Newtown, Connecticut inside all of us. Everyone hurts. Everyone reels. Everyone sees the pictures, sees the names, reads their stories, and we all swallow back the tears. Death hurts. Death stings. We mourn with those who mourn. There’s the initial ache (and we do). I have a six year old daughter, who might…

Looking for Jesus: Part 3

[Note: I've broken my sermon into two parts for navigating convenience. This is the first part: How Should We Read the Bible?, and I've linked to the second post which was the second half of the sermon: The Gospel According to the Lights.] This week we continue our series Looking for Jesus: Learning to Read the Bible…