A movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.

Follow Me to the City (February 17, 2019)

Luke 5:12-16 INTRODUCTION. (Watch video https://youtu.be/-95sTha1BLs.) Have you seen this commercial? The company, Vaev, was born in Copenhagen. Now this bizarre tissue company is setting up in Los Angeles. According to the commercial and website, using a tissue that carries a human sneeze is safer than needles or pills. The “logic” is: “We tear our muscles to become stronger…why should the immune…

Follow Me to the Lake (February 10, 2019)

Luke 5:1-11 INTRODUCTION. How many of you really enjoy fishing? If so, this story may be your favorite in the whole Bible. Some will try to make a case that because Jesus was interested in fishing, participating in the sport is a religious experience. Of course, that all sounds a little fishy to me, as it does to many of those who…

Follow Me to the Cliff (February 3, 2019)

Scripture: Luke 4:21-30 INTRODUCTION. Watch the Rams/Saints video Did you watch that game—did you see that play? There was definitely pass interference on the play. Usually one play doesn’t matter—this one mattered. Someone asked: “Does God pick favorites in football games?” A friend said: “No—and this play absolutely proves it!” “If God loved football, the Saints would be in the Super Bowl.” But…

Follow Me to the Synagogue (January 27, 2019)

Luke 4:14-21 INTRODUCTION. Good morning! It is great to be back with you after some time away. Ellen and I gathered with other Disciples ministers for a conference to hear Allen Hilton of “House United.” He is urging churches to organize what he calls “courageous conversations” about the important issues of our day. It was good to gather with colleagues and share…

Jesus Mary and Justice (January 20, 2019)

Luke 6:20-26. Read Luke carefully and we will know Jesus’ concern for the poor and hungry isn’t a minor theme in his ministry. Jesus majors in concern for immediate need, immediate hunger, poverty and sickness. He learned it at the hand of his mother. This is not language about sin. Jesus uses the prophets to draw on the same theme found in the Beatitudes and in the Magnificat. God offers good news to the poor and oppressed—Jesus delivers the good news.

Follow the Light (January 6, 2019)

Matthew 2:1-12 INTRODUCTION. Happy New Year…and Happy Epiphany! The season of Epiphany begins after the “Twelve Days of Christmas” and ends on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Epiphany is a time to celebrate the manifestations or appearances of God in the world. Two stories that are usually associated with the season are the visit of the magi to offer their gifts…

An Invitation to a Miracle

Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 INTRODUCTION. (Christmas Eve. December 24, 2018) We have had wonderful celebrations during Advent. Some of the highlights are our children’s programs and pageants. Much of the joy is the unpredictability of our little ones. During our recent Christmas pageant, we literally had a “falling star”—a little one bounced down the stairs—and bounced right back up! Another girl was given…

Wholeness (Oct 18, 2015)

Mark 10:46-52 They came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but…

Welcome (Oct 11, 2015)

Mark 9:33-37 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of…

Table (Oct 4, 2015)

I Corinthians 11:23-26 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he…