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 […]

Philippians 2:5-11 Sit up as straight and tall as you can.  Put your hands on your hips with your elbows pointed out.  If you’re able, stand up and place your feet a little wider than hip width apart. Got it? If so, you’ve now assumed the “Wonder Woman.”   This kind of body language is […]

Romans 12:9-21 The order of things matters. As definitive evidence, I submit to you one of my favorite expressions: “Don’t put the cart before the horse.” As in: If you want a date night with your husband, don’t make big, elaborate plans and then see if you can get a sitter. That’s like putting the […]

Romans 6:15-23 “Slave” is an awfully strong word for Paul to use, don’t you think? Here’s part of what makes it so strong for us Americans: only five societies in the history of the world that have had true slave economies. Just five – and we’re one of them. So even though it’s been 154 […]