'Behold the man.' Pontius Pilate's famous declaration in John 19:5 about Jesus is worth considering this Good Friday. Who do we see when we look at Jesus? Join me for a few minutes on Jesus, power, and taking a second look.
Music Today: John Davis, 'The Kind of Heart'. Davis is a mixture of Beach Boys meeting Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In addition to providing one of my favorite album covers of all time, Davis gives us an algebra problem on theology where "X" is actually the answer!
Red fish, Blue fish, Go fish for true fish, who are um, people. Seriously, how does the church present the gospel in a polarized culture? Is there anything beyond life in two colors? Join me for a few minutes with Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount and his Palm Sunday entrance.
Music Today: 'The Day that I Found God,' Switchfoot Jon Foreman continues to write thoughtful, challenging lyrics, and this song brings another angle to the joy and surprise that come in a relationship with God through Christ.
'This noose ain't getting any looser I get so fearful bout the future I hear the shame of my accuser But that ain't you And I found strength but it wasn't what I thought And I found peace in the places I forgot And I found riches ain't the things that I had bought Yeah I found out the day I lost myself was the day that I found God'
'There Is a Mountain', Caroline Cobb C.S. Lewis said a powerful sign of the truth of Christianity is that no one would or even could create a religion based on a God like this. Here's a beautiful picture of how God turns power on its head.
Maurice Sendak in Hebrew doesn't make much sense to an English-speaking child. Is our articulation of the gospel heard in the same way in 2021? A little longer today, but join me with 1 Peter 3:15-17 and my new series on Christ and culture.
Music today: 'His Truth is Marching On,' Michael Doughty
Here's an example of verbalizing Christ's Lordship in a musical frame of reference that may be more understandable to someone not all that familiar with the faith. 'Let me know Your enormity and my finiteness. . . ' Doughty was an indie music darling as the lead singer for Soul Coughing for a number of years.
Snider is a songwriter who's wrapped a little differently, to put it mildly. The narrator here is perched on the ledge of a skyscraper wondering about the point of it all. I don't necessarily agree with all the theology here, but joy discovered in the last place you'd expect sounds a lot like Jesus to me.
Bonus - I came across this article today which does a great job of showing Christianity as simultaneously attractive and offensive. 'Do you really want to be countercultural? Then don't abandon Christianity. Stick with it.'
A seemingly innocuous church sign message. A possibly not-so-innocuous response. What does the future hold in a less than United States of America? Join me for a few minutes in Philippians 4:4-7 as I wrap up our series on God's help for anxiety.
Music Today: 'Lay My Worry Down,' Sandra McCracken' Dark is the night/deep is your love/Great is my need/you are enough.' If you haven't discovered Sandra yet, she is a rich treasure store of hopeful music tied to Scripture.
Olafur Arnalds, 'Re:member' As far as I know, Arnalds is not a Christ-follower, but this piece is a tremendous aural meditation on Phil. 4:4-5. A peaceful opening blossoms into joy. If I could set my alarm to start each day with this, I would!
Few experiences can top physical suffering for unleashing anxiety in our hearts and minds. Yet even here the gospel can provide a full and rich hope. Join me for a few minutes in 2 Corinthians 4:7 and following.
"Deep River," Lorraine Hunt Lieberson African-American spirituals can provide powerful relief in the midst of all kinds of suffering. It may seem a little strange to provide an example of this song of hope in the face of death from a white mezzo-soprano, but Lieberson had an incredible voice before her life was cut short by cancer in her early 50s.
"It is Well With My Soul," Chris RiceIf I had only one recording to help me through a tough bout of physical illness, it would be Rice's collection of hymns. Nothing complicated here, he puts the focus on the lyrics - real 'comfort food' for the ears and soul.
At the May 18 Session meeting, our Ruling Elders, considering the latest CDC recommendations
as well as information in our own county regarding dropping numbers of Covid-19 cases are
making the following policy changes:
Starting on June 6, 2021, masks will be optional in the sanctuary and in the rest of the
building. There will not be designated sections for masking or non-masking in the
sanctuary, but please continue to be sensitive and respectful of others around you!
Seating the in the sanctuary will continue to be organized using social distancing.
Communion will continue to be offered using the individual sanitized containers through
at least August 1.
Our worship service will continue in its current format. The possibility of adding more
congregational singing to the service will be considered as we continue to monitor the
Covid case load in our area.
Vacation Bible School will be using masks and/or social distancing for those portions of
VBS that are indoors. Please check our VBS registration page on the website for more
The church has done a tremendous job of working together through the 15 months we have
faced this pandemic. Thank you for ‘bearing with one another in love’ (Ephesians 4:2), and
may we do so more than ever as we are (hopefully) reaching the final stages of this journey!