The Offering

The Offering

Knowing the struggle I have, and knowing the struggles we all have around issues of money, I decided to do some teaching this morning on what the offering is and does. Its roots go way back in the Old Testament to the time when Israel was formed as a nation…

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What Can I Say?

What Can I Say?

When tragedy strikes and someone we know is grieving, many of us feel stuck. We want to be supportive, but we don’t know what to say or do. It’s easy to become so fearful of saying or doing the wrong thing that we end up doing nothing at all, leaving us with regret and depriving our grieving friends and loved ones from knowing how much we care.

With enormous grief hitting one of our own this past week, I have heard some version of “I don’t know what to say” from a number of people. So, on Sunday we’re going to talk about what to say, what not to say, and generally how we can feel more confident in helping our friends who suffer. We’ll look a bit more at the book of Job, but also turn to both Paul and Jesus to help guide us through those difficult times.

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The Real Question of Job

The Real Question of Job

Most of the characters in the book of Job, including Job himself, are questioning why bad things happen to good people. As a result, we tend to read it thinking that’s the question the book is trying to answer. We then come away mad that it doesn’t answer the question, and frequently upset at the nature of God it presents.

And what is Satan doing at God’s staff meeting anyway? I think we have misunderstood the question behind the story of Job’s misfortune as well as the type of literature we’re dealing with. Join us Sunday for a different take on both the question and the book.

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Where Are the Prophets?

Where Are the Prophets?

The full question submitted for this week was actually, “Why don’t we have prophets and prophecy now? Someone said it was because Jesus was the ‘ultimate’ prophet.” I believe we do have prophets and prophecy now, but because we frequently misunderstand the role of the prophet, we often don’t recognize them.

So in addition to celebrating Holy Communion on Sunday, we’ll take a look at the role of prophets in the Bible and see if we can get better at spotting the prophets in our midst. Who knows, you might be one of them!

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How to Understand the Trinity

How to Understand the Trinity

This week’s question has been asked many times in many settings. What is the Christian doctrine of the Trinity supposed to mean? How do we understand it? Where did it come from? How important is it?

The Christian calendar follows the celebration of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost with Trinity Sunday. In honor of the occasion, we’ll take up this doctrine of the Church that everyone insists on but no one seems to be able to explain clearly. Maybe trying to explain clearly is part of the problem?

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Can These Bones Live?

Can These Bones Live?

On Pentecost Sunday we focus on the gift of the Holy Spirit. In honor of the occasion, the question for this week will be the one that God asks of Ezekiel as they survey a mass grave of dry bones in Ezekiel 37: “Mortal, can these bones live?” After this past year, how would we answer God’s question? What did Ezekiel do?

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