February Pastoral Perspective

“Do not be afraid.”-Jesus, in Matthew 14:27 In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ walking on water during a storm (Matt 14:22-33), Peter models courage when he asks Jesus to summon him to walk on water toward him. When Jesus complies by calling Peter...
Where God Dwells

Where God Dwells

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” –  Psalm 90:1-2 I have seen some spectacular churches– beautiful...

Practice Becoming Kind to One Another

It is interesting that the verb in this passage linked to the word “kind” literally means “to become,” and its present tense form would suggest, “practice becoming kind to one another.” This indicates that kindness is something that has to be diligently pursued and...

LIVING THROUGH LIFE’S DISAPPOINTMENTS

The God of heaven will prosper us.  We God’s servants will start the rebuilding.”-Nehemiah, in Nehemiah 2:20 Rarely does life go as we hope and expect. Disappointment and discouragement are often unavoidable realties in both our personal lives as well as in our public...

“HOW DO WE TALK ABOUT THIS?”

Over the last few weeks, the phrase “this is a political issue” keeps coming up. As individuals and groups in our community try to express their experience, their longings, and their thoughts on racial violence and oppression. They are often met with dismissal and a...