Feb 7 – The Face of Change – Luke 9: 28-36

You know, its really something when we say a person is the face of a particular thing. Donatella Versace is the of Givenchy’s fall/winter 2015 campaign. Demi Lovato is the face of mental health in a new campaign. Dylann Roof is the face of terrorism Americans should fear most. LeBron James is the face of…

Jan 31 – Speak Up – Jeremiah 1: 4-10

Our culture has taken a turn, and not necessarily for the better. It seems to me we are crowding lots of voices together and the ensuing cacophony threatens to drown out competing voices and understandings. Of course, its an election year and that adds a huge dimension to the already overcrowded conversation. Beyond all that,…

Jan 17 – Times, They Are A-Changin’ – John 2: 1-11

Bob Dylan is an artist who has filled our consciousness with lyrics and commentary on social upheaval and change from his very beginnings. In 1963 he wrote a little song which has become a symbol for counter-cultural radical change, “Times, They Are A-Changin’” The first verse is prophetic in nature and seems to portend change…

Jan 10 – Catch Afire – Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22

There are materials and substances which catch afire easily, and others which are fairly impervious to ignition. Stone, glass, steel or metal, these items are pretty safe from catching afire. That’s probably why we use them on the exteriors of our homes and buildings. Wood, plastics, chemicals, all share the property of being fairly combustible,…

Jan 3 – Make It Plain – John 1: 10-18

Don’t you wish sometimes, people trying desperately to explain things, would simply just make it plain? Every time I go to get my car repaired I come away feeling either like an idiot because I don’t understand a thing they are trying to explain to me, or I feel like an idiot because I feel…