Light Changes Life 

Mark 9:2-9/Psalm 50: 1-6            2.11.18

I was struck by the amazing feast for the eyes during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.  The Olympic opening ceremonies are certainly not your run of the mill celebration, and this was no exception.  The use of light was almost supernatural, especially the use of a flock of drones which lit up into the form of a person and then dissolved into the night sky, only to be reshaped again.  But perhaps the best glimpse of something out of the ordinary was the union of athletes from North and South Korea walking into the stadium together under the same flag, a nation split for more than 60 years.  It was a shimmering sign of hope in a divided world.

Most of the time we live our lives behind what scholar NT Wright calls “the veil of ordinariness”—that which normally keeps us from seeing what is really inside a person, a situation, an event.  We are human beings, after all, and we can only look at the world around us with human eyes and human understanding.  Continue reading

Re-Forming the Church: Standing up for the Vulnerable 11.12.17

Psalm 146:5-10, Matthew 10:5-10:

For I was hungry and you gave me food.
For I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
For I was sick and you took care of me…

I look at the words plastered on our doors which you used to describe the church last week and I am encouraged. Some of your words clearly describe a body of Christ that must be active in the world. The movement Jesus began was hands on, meeting physical and emotional needs, being the presence of God in the world. This morning we continue to reflect and consider how we are being called to re-shape or re-form this body of Christ today.

When he first sent out the twelve to get to disciple work, Jesus instructed them to teach and to heal. This was not just an evangelizing crusade. Continue reading