Sermons on Faith
Summary There’s fellow who was crossing the iced river – terrified – down on all fours – when a cart laden with lumber hauled by 6 great galloping Clydesdales came bursting out of the undergrowth, and onto the ice! The point is that the thickness of the ice had nothing to do with the depth of his faith. All his faith could do is decide is how confidently he was going to be making the crossing. That, in a sense,…
For me, wholeheartedness involves plunging in to the deep end of the pool rather than tiptoeing into the water via the shallow end.
to simply live to praise God’s goodness, bask in God’s love, celebrate God’s presence and know all is well even in uncertain times.
Every synagogue has a Ner Tamid, an Eternal Light that hangs somewhere above the Ark, where the Torah is kept. But the synagogue where I grew up in Phoenix was special. It had two Eternal Lights: one soft, glowing, golden one set high up in the towering Ark, and a bigger, brighter one like a traveler’s lamp that hung from the ceiling. We got the bigger one because people who visited our synagogue kept complaining that we didn’t have a…
Go and do that which is still left undone to do.
This is Good News for us because it means that God is with us wherever we go, that God joins us in every venture God calls us to, and that God indeed will provide.
If every time we gathered in this sanctuary we knew, with some level of confidence if not certainty, that the risen Christ was really present, not just as an idea or source of inspiration, but really present like on the Emmaus road.
Faith is not the opposite of doubt. Doubt can be part of faith.
God is bigger than our science, and God is bigger than our theorizing about God, and we must not let those things — our thoughts and categories — blind us to what God is doing among us.
Like the woman at the well, I too have a past that I am reluctant to speak of.
Lent is a season that brings our identity as Christians into conflict with our identity as consumer-citizens.
Our faith story tells us that what is impossible for us is possible for God.
Sometimes things get in the way of our shining. Our light gets hidden under one or another bushel basket.
The cross reminds us that we are not called to self-sufficiency, and we are not called to worldly success. We are called to solidarity with the God who meets us on the cross in Jesus.
As we listen to the Gospel story of the shepherds, there’s one question that comes to my mind: why them?