The Joy and Dignity of Work

I often hear people my age and older speak harshly regarding the work habits of young people. “They want everything given to them…They don’t want to work…They expect to start their careers with a luxurious home, a new car, and a six-figure salary with multiple benefits…They would rather stay home… Continue reading

Indigenous Worldviews Offer Hope to a Besieged Planet

Indigenous Peoples can offer us ways to heal this earth as well as hope for a future that is a desirable alternative to the nightmare predicted by climate scientist if we continue our present patterns of greed, production, and consumption.  Continue reading

Heroes of the Faith: Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

Hildegard of Bingen, abbess and visionary, was one of the Rhineland mystics. She was a most remarkable woman in a patriarchal world of politics, religion, and culture. She was the tenth child born to noble parents in the German province of Rheinhessen. At an early age she was placed under… Continue reading

Knowledge Isn’t Wisdom

Earth day (Wednesday, April 22, 2020) is upon us as we focus on the goodness of God’s creation and our obligation within that creation. Whenever I think about the environment and our ecological responsibility, I hear echoes from the First Nations of this continent. In particular, I am reminded of… Continue reading

Who, What, and When Am I?

Rabbi Hillel, who died about two decades before Jesus began his ministry, gave this summary regarding the preciousness of life: If I am not for myself, who is for me?If I care only for myself, what am I?If not now, when? There are many applications of the wisdom found in… Continue reading

Genesis 2 “The First Things” (The Garden of Eden) Part 7

For many years discerning scholars have known that there are two creation stories in Genesis and that these two stories come from different sources. This is no radical, liberal, modern idea. For almost as long as the United States has been a nation some people have noticed the Bible begins… Continue reading

Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 10:8-11; Leviticus 25:1-7 “The First Things” (The Goal of Creation) Part 6

In the previous sermon in this series I shared with you the answer I gave during my teaching career as to whether I believed in evolution. Those asking that question were trying to get me fired, so I was very cagey with my answer. I told them that my only… Continue reading

Genesis 1:1-2:4a “The First Things” (Partnering with God) Part 4

In our first sermon on Genesis we said that the Bible is not a science book. We cannot expect the biblical writers to see creation as science understands the universe today. Ancient people basically understood the world as it appears. For example, it looks like the sun goes around the… Continue reading