It’s All Small Stuff

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. Luke 16:10 My husband and I are of that certain age where we have joined the ranks of the early-morning mall walkers. Walking is (we hope!) … Continue reading “It’s All Small Stuff”

The Reason for the Rules

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight.When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, … Continue reading “The Reason for the Rules”

Eureka!

The following is the script for the sermon I gave on Epiphany Sunday at Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, with added hyperlinks to supplemental information. When I was a science teacher, I used to tell my students a story about Archimedes, the Greek philosopher and scientist who lived in the 3rd century BC. Here’s … Continue reading “Eureka!”

Would Jesus Take a Knee?

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t … Continue reading “Would Jesus Take a Knee?”

Honor the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor … Continue reading “Honor the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy”

Joseph: You May Say That I’m a Dreamer

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are … Continue reading “Joseph: You May Say That I’m a Dreamer”

Good News, Bad News

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt,  “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for … Continue reading “Good News, Bad News”

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And … Continue reading “Nevertheless, She Persisted”

A Tale of Two Mothers

Third Sunday after Pentecost The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Mothers”