Treasure in Clay Pots 6.3.2018

Psalm 139:1-6  and 2 Corinthians 4:5-12

Today we celebrate with graduates of all levels.  Some in our church family are finishing Kindergarten, some middle school, some high school, some college.  At every marker, as we move into a new era of our lives, we have to learn to gradually adjust our own self perceptions, and those around us must make adjustments as well.  Graduations are a visible sign of movement and growth and deserve to be celebrated!

It is a good day to be reminded of the treasure we carry around in us, whether we are 5 or 18 or 21 or 50 or almost 105!  Paul’s clay pot metaphor describes us like the fragile, every day clay pots, used for multiple purposes in his day and time, but so very dispensable, easily broken or chipped or cracked.  Continue reading

The Divine Triad 5.27.18

Isaiah 6:1-8 and Romans 8:12-17

My hope is to show you a very short clip from Nuns on the Run, a movie that tells the funny story of two thieves hiding out at a convent, pretending to be nuns.  Here they are discussing how to teach a class to the nuns about the Trinity.

It is a bugger.  The Trinity, that is.  You can’t explain it.  We like to use the term “mystery” when we describe it, because we can’t really understand it.  The fake nun thought that we have religion because of the things we can’t understand, but I think it is deeper than that.   It is not just religion, which is the practice of our faith, but it is faith itself which is required when it comes to the Trinity.  It is not something you can prove.  Continue reading