James 2:1-9 “Let’s Go to the Movies” (Fried Green Tomatoes)

Those of you who know me are aware that I love to watch movies. In many ways movies have become a powerful art form of communication for the contemporary world. Now I know there are many movies that are exploitative and which pander to the base desires of humanity. And… Continue reading

Mark 8:36; Matthew 6:21 “Self-Evident”

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.—That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the… Continue reading

Matthew 5:43-48 “Love Your Enemies?”

It’s right there in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus calls us to love our enemies because God loves God’s enemies. Jesus further states that as we love our enemies, we become children of God. The Greek actually says we shall become “sons of God.” Jesus’ Jewish culture had not… Continue reading

Exodus 3:1‑6 “Listening for God”

On one of my pastoral visits many years ago to a woman who was physically and emotionally challenged, I was confronted with a statement and a question which later caused me to ponder spirituality in a much deeper way than I had so far in my life. Elizabeth told me… Continue reading

Genesis 1: 26-28; 2: 4b-9, 15 “Do We Need to Re-invent Work?”

(Based in part on Matthew Fox, The Reinvention of Work: A New Vision of Livelihood for Our Time.) What do you feel when you hear the word “work”? Perhaps you are among those who feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Perhaps you even feel that you are making a… Continue reading

Job 42:1-6 “Out of the Whirlwind”

(This is the second sermon preached on the Book of Job. The first sermon found as “Job1:1-2:13; 42:7-17 “A Question of Motive” should be read first. The beginning of that first sermon explains the distinction between the prose and poetry parts of the Book of Job.) In the vast poetry… Continue reading

The Rapture Hoax (Part 2)

My reasons for presenting these sermons on the Rapture are as follows: it figures greatly in the way many Americans think about the end of time; the idea of Rapture is based on a fanciful and false interpretation of the Bible; and belief in the Rapture leads to dangerous and… Continue reading

The Rapture Hoax (Part 1)

Rapture theology was invented around 170 years ago. No one until that time even thought in those terms. Belief in the Rapture has its origins in the vision of a fifteen-year-old girl named Margaret MacDonald. In 1830, while attending a healing service in Port Glasgow, Scotland, this girl claimed she… Continue reading

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