Matthew 3:13-17 Baptists should make more of baptism than anyone else. After all, take a look at our name. And yet we rarely talk about baptism and so few are baptized. The baptistry is mostly a dry hole in most Baptist churches. Let’s have a real conversation about baptism, as we look at the day Jesus […]
Ephesians 3:1-12 Did you know that a group of blind men examined an elephant and each reached a different conclusion about what they were touching? Everybody knows that, but did you know that Christians sometimes identify the gospel as the part they like or embrace? And this partially explains why there are so many varieties of […]
John 15:7-11 On the first day of 2017, I want to wish you happiness. You are entitled to it. Don’t take my word for it. listen to Jesus: “I have said these things to you so that my joymay be in you and that your joy may be complete.” That is the wish of Jesus […]
Luke 2:1-20 On this Christmas Sunday, the innkeeper of Bethlehem explains his actions on that night of nights.
Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Matt. 1:1-25 The Christmas story from Matthew, the first one that appears in our New Testament, doesn’t begin in a barnyard in Bethlehem. Before the birth of Jesus, Matthew takes us through the family cemetery. From the cemetery to the cradle – the opposite of our usual cradle to the […]
Matthew 11:1-11, Isaiah 35:1-10 Confidence can be a fragile gift. Confidence is a come-and-go affair. john the Baptist is in jail, and he has heard some gossip about Jesus and it has cost him his confidence. Isn’t it amazing how fragile confidence can be? A few words, a bit of gossip, one bad review, and […]
Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-11 Malcolm Gladwell has a book called Blink – Go with your instinct. I don’t think that is really the way we should live. Let’s ask, “Am I living a useful life?” Gladwell also wrote Outliers. Success, he says, is more a product of circumstances, even luck. I would expand that to […]
Isaiah 2:1-5 We welcomed Rev. Dr. Adrian Lamkin, from American Baptist Churches Great Rivers Region.
Luke 1:68-79 Colossians 1:11-20 An angel (another name for a poet) named Gabriel is sent by God to a priest named Zechariah. His message: the old couple would have a baby and he would prepare the way for the promised king. Zechariah, keeper of the poems of Israel, should have known, but through long years […]
Isaiah 65:17-25, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, Luke 21:5-19 Our readings from Isaiah and Luke are apocalyptic texts – the most complex of all biblical texts. The word refers to “revelation,” the unveiling of truth through the use of symbolic language. The usual church usage of this language is to use it to predict the future. In […]