Author Archives: marywbrown

Big Story: Exile

2 Chronicles 36:15-21 As we work our way even deeper into the “big story” of the Old Testament, we better revisit that timeline from last week: 2000 B.C.:  Abraham his ancestors 1700 B.C.:  Famine leads the Israelites to Egypt 1260 B.C.:  The Exodus from Egypt 1220 B.C.:  Into the Promised Land; period of the Judges […]

Big Story: Kings

1 Samuel 8:1-9 We’ve worked our way pretty deep into God’s “Big Story.”  We’ve hit some high highs and some low lows… and now we’re four weeks in with two more to go.  So let’s pause to get our bearings.  Here’s where we’re at (timeline credit to Disciple Bible Study): 2000 B.C.:  Abraham and Sarah; […]

Big Story: Slavery & Freedom

God’s story is a big story. We’ve hit three major plot points so far:  creation by God, sin by humanity, and covenant with Abraham and Sarah.  In order to cover the biggest highs (and lows) in just 7 weeks, we’re now going to skip over some of the best stories in the Bible:  Isaac and […]

Big Story: Covenant

We’re working our way through the “Big Story” this fall – the highs and lows of the Old Testament.  We started with high point of creation (Genesis 1 and 2); then we hit the low point of the introduction of sin. Now, we’re at another high point:  when God makes a covenant with Abraham. Or, […]

Big Story: Tension

Genesis 3:1-13, 22-24 This fall, we’re walking through the “big story” – God’s story.  We’re working our way through the highs and lows of the Old Testament as a way to understand what came before Jesus arrived on the scene. Donald Miller has written about the basic components of a good story, something he became […]

Big Story: Beginning

Genesis 1 Who here likes a good story? Yeah – me, too.  There are few things I like better than getting caught up in a good story.  It started when I was young, getting lost in the story of The Princess Bride – wearing out our recorded-from-television VHS tape until I knew every line by […]

Church is ONE

John 17 On Sunday we celebrated our Sanctuary – and specifically, its first major renovation in 50 years.  The improvements we made, I hope, will continue to inspire us to be like sunflowers. And when I say, “sunflowers,” what I mean is that we’ll be united in this worship space.  See, Sylva First UMC has […]