Monthly Archives: June 2014

Living Water

John 4:4-42 Jesus and a Samaritan woman are standing by a well.  Jesus has crossed the boundaries of polite society by asking her for a drink.  As they talk about the water, Jesus tells her: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst” […]

Dead Flowers & New Life

I got last Sunday off from preaching, so here’s my “Mustard Seed” from the Andrews Journal on May 22, 2014. — I am finding dead flowers everywhere:  on the dash of my car; on the window sill of our kitchen sink; in the cup holder on our stroller. Strangely enough, this doesn’t bother me.  In fact, […]

3 in 1

Today’s text:  2 Corinthians 13:11-14 St. Augustine spent 10 years writing 15 books trying to explain it.  It’s referred to many times in the New Testament, but never mentioned by name.  Most metaphors used to explain it fall a little short. The Trinity. The idea that our God is three in one – Father, Son, […]

Wind and Fire

Acts 2:1-13 On this Sunday where we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit, I long for an encounter like these early followers of Christ. Most times, I feel the Holy Spirit like John Wesley did.  After years of longing for more assurance, Wesley attended a meeting on Aldersgate Street in London where Martin Luther’s “Preface to the […]

Gardener | John 15:1-8

“I am the vine and you are the branches” (John 15:5). This passage has been on my mind for the last few months because of our confirmation class.* Each week in Sunday School the 7 youth have been building a tree. For six weeks they added on branches; then for another six weeks they added […]