Matthew 18:21-35 “The Dynamics of Forgiveness”

Read the Scripture Should Christians always forgive? The initial response of most people in the Christian faith is “Yes.” The popular understanding of Christianity seems to include the necessity of forgiveness, regardless of the magnitude of the sin or offence. And I think that’s one reason why some people outside… Continue reading

Heaven or Hell? Part One

In the vast repertoire of sermon illustrations and stories can be found the following illustration/parable/metaphor. The essential truth differentiating heaven and hell was revealed to a man through a vision. Both heaven and hell contained banquet tables in beautifully decorated settings. The tables overflowed with the most delicious and desirable… Continue reading

Does God Have Sex Organs?

I decided to start referring to God as “She/Her” instead of “He/Him/His.” My rationale for such a decision was the following: for two thousand years God has been referred to as male within the church (with a few exceptions found in such groups as the Rhineland Mystics). I suggested that for the next two thousand years, the church should refer to God as female. That’s only fair, isn’t it? And then maybe after four thousand years of existence, the church can get beyond the question of God’s sex and simply let God be. Continue reading

I Corinthians 15:1-28 “The Impact of Easter”

Wouldn’t be wonderful if we really believed in the resurrection of Jesus? Really trusted with our very being the truth of Easter? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the new creation could start right now with us through how we live, how we love, and how we spread joy and hope in this world? Continue reading

Racism Is as Racism Does

One can be prejudiced without being a racist. Prejudice involves ignorance and bias. The very word “prejudice” means to prejudge. In other words, in our prejudices, we make decisions and choose emotions before having all the facts. We are ignorant as we shape or fall victim to our prejudices. Sometimes… Continue reading

John 20:1-10 “When Loving is Believing”

Read the Scripture One of the great mysteries in the New Testament is the identity of the beloved disciple in John’s Gospel. His first appearance in the Gospel occurs in chapter 13 at the Last Supper. In Jesus’ day, Jews reclined while eating their special meals. During the Last Supper,… Continue reading

I Corinthians 1:18-25 “Fools for Christ” A Maundy Thursday, Good Friday Meditation

<a href="http://” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Read the Scripture [Years ago, I stopped attending community Good Friday services even though as a pastor, I was expected to be present. I simply could no longer listen to sermons and meditations which were based on a view of the cross which I found barbaric,… Continue reading

Zechariah 9: 9-10; Luke 19:28-40 “The Passion of Palm Sunday”

Read the Scriptures I have a colleague in ministry who has a complaint about the way most Christians observe Holy Week. My friend says that most go from the pomp of the Triumphal Entry of Palm Sunday to the victory of Easter without ever passing through the agony of Gethsemane,… Continue reading

I Corinthians 12:12-27; John 3:16-17 “The One and the Many”

Read the Scriptures (This is the third sermon in a Lenten series on sin. In the first sermon, we looked at sin as it relates to the past through the images of original and demonic sin. In the second sermon, we saw how sin relates to the future through a… Continue reading