Getting It All Together

Getting It All Together

Luke 8:26-39 ”Jesus then asked him, “What’s your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him.” —Luke 8:30 Jesus’ boat lands on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee—no longer in Jewish territory. This is like landing in Cuba. Along the edge of...

What We Do Matters to God

What We Do Matters to God

Isaiah 58:1-8 Your Story Talk about a time when you helped someone else. My Story and the Bible Story I tend to give up soda every year for Lent. Part of it is because there’s a ton of sugar in soda and it’s not good to drink it every day. But part of it is...

A Little Bit Too Amazing

A Little Bit Too Amazing

It can be hard to get past the idea that people must pay for what they’ve done. I’m not thinking about the legal system. Obviously, if someone has committed a crime, they must be held to account. I’m thinking about situations where we find ourselves in the...

Truth Beneath the Ashes

Truth Beneath the Ashes

When it comes to my own dust, I tend toward one of two responses. Several years ago in Waco, TX, a couple hundred of us gathered for a crack-of-dawn Ash Wednesday service led by a team of seminary students. All kinds of folk—Baylor students, doctors,...

Flame: Pipe Cleaner Intercessions

Flame: Pipe Cleaner Intercessions

I love the versatility of pipe cleaners and children seem to feel the same! They are great for playing with and they are also great for praying with…. Here is a version of some prayers I did at a recent service with the whole congregation. The prayers would...

What We Do Matters to God

Crossroads: Jesus Is Transformed

Mark 9:2-9 Your Story Talk about a way that God has changed you. How has God made you better than you were before you followed God? My Story and the Bible Story God has changed my life in a lot of ways. For starters, I’ve never felt totally alone because I know...

Formations 02.11.2024: Jonah’s Prayer

Formations 02.11.2024: Jonah’s Prayer

The Bible offers great metaphors for the ups and downs of a life of faith. If a huge obstacle is cleared in our lives, we might say someone “parted the sea for us,” alluding to God using Moses to part the sea for the escaping Hebrews. When we face a difficult...