04/13/15 – Big Circles and Little Circles

  2 Corinthians 6:1-18   When I have a good attitude about going to church, I am able to go to church and experience how my life is understood within the context of God’s great story. My life is a little circle set within the great big circle of God’s love for all of created…

4/12/15 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes– Go Deep With Jesus John 20:19-31 Eastertide Shalom Peace 2nd word- You are Sent 3rd word- the resources you will need- the Spirit – John’s Pentecost- Skeptic Thomas Another Appearance and a Faithful Thomas The reason for this book- Faith Go Deep with Jesus Intergenerational Question- What are some of your doubts about…

4/10/2015 – Incomprehensible Distances

2 Corinthians 5:1-21 Too Far for Me to Row “Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling.” – 2 Corinthians 5:2 We know what it’s like to live in an estranged world. We know separation. We know loss. We know grief. We know break-ups. We know conflict. We know silence. We know,…

04/06/15 – Welcome to 2 Corinthians!

  2 Corinthians 1:1-24     Think about a time when you’ve had a major disagreement with somebody who:   You deeply care about. You don’t live near. You’re about to be reunited with after a prolonged absence. In our culture today, this would likely describe what happens at Thanksgiving or Christmas.   At Thanksgiving and/or…

4/5/15 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes- Empty Tomb Resolution Equilibrium- Tension- Resolution The First Day Easter Journey A Vision without a plan He has been raised, he is not here Go and tell his disciples and Peter Terror and Amazement No one said anything Other endings- Not enough resolution Tension Resolution This is what it is all about- Check…

04/01/2015 – A Little Tongue Is OK

1 Corinthians 14: 1-40 Never have two more experienced commentators on speaking-in-tongues come together, in sequential blogs, to write on the topic.  Following the Stoic-Presbyterian kid (Matt) with the Frozen- Chosen-Episcopal kid (Myself) is a brilliant erudite choice for blog discussion. ** sarcasm ** Based on Matt’s parenthetical statement in his last blog (You really should read…

03/30/15 – Reading three chapters together  

1 Corinthians 12:1-31   Through writing this blog post, I discovered that I’ve always read chapters 12, 13 and 14 as separate things, and I think they were intended to be read together. In these three chapters Paul is talking about spiritual gifts and their role in worship in the Corinthian church (obviously these themes…

3/29/15 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes Boys in the Boat- Wadis- Desert Streams Fair Weather Friends Palm Sunday Christians Sticking around when things get tough Daring Greatly The Call to live Faithfully Communion Intergenerational Question- What story of faithfulness inspires you? Branching Out Read Mark 11:1-11. What do you think the disciples thought as they were taking the donkey?…

“So that by all possible means I might save some”

03/25/15-So that by all possible means I might save some 1 Corinthians 9 There are plenty of things we inherit in this life. Our appearance, for instance; every time I look in the mirror these days I see my dad looking back at me. (Thirty years ago I remember him making the same complaint.) One can…

03/23/15 – Paul gets exasperated  

1 Corinthians 7:1-40     I love the first half of the first verse and the last half of the last verse of this chapter. There is no way we can begin to understand this chapter without sitting with those two half verses for a good long while. The first half of the first verse…