Acts 17:16-34 I don’t like it when God is shoved in my face. Once, as a freshman in college, I was innocently walking across campus when two girls appeared out of nowhere.  They must have said “hello” or something – I mean, surely – but all I remember is an abrupt and aggressive invitation to […]

Acts 7:54-60 All week long I’ve struggled with the point of this passage.  What are we supposed to get out of this sad story? Maybe the point is that things don’t always go well for us Christians.  This seems like stating the obvious, but sometimes things do go so well that we come to expect […]

Acts 2:42-47 Peter preached the first Christian sermon to the Pentecost crowd in Acts 2. He explained that Jesus was a man who did amazing things, a man they crucified but God raised up. The crowd responded by asking, “What do we do?” Peter told them to repent, to be baptized, to be forgiven, to […]

Acts 2:14, 36-41 When Peter delivered the first Christian sermon to the first Christian converts, he laid out the facts like this: Jesus was a man Whose actions showed he was more than just a man You crucified him But God raised him up And when the crowd heard this Good News, they cheered! …actually, […]

Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Easter is hard to understand. If you don’t believe me, then I dare you to try and explain it to a toddler.  True, Easter is the BEST DAY EVER and toddlers love any excuse to celebrate.  But as soon as you try to explain why you’re celebrating things start to go downhill. […]

Matthew 28:1-10 In addition to being Pastor Mary, I have another very important title:  Mom.  6-year-old Eleanor and 4-year-old Reid have given it to me.  One of the many perks they bring into my life is getting to listen to them talk… and they say such awesome stuff. Recently Eleanor and Reid have been into […]

Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14 John 13:1-17, 31b – 35 Some nights are darker than others. Imagine the night of the last supper.  Jesus knows what the disciples do not:  “the hour had come” (John 13:1).  He sits around the table with his 12 closest friends, knowing that one is about to betray him, and 9 more […]