In Summer of 2019, a group from our church gathered to review the passages from scripture that deal specifically with the issue of homosexuality. This study is in response to actions taken at the General Conference level of the united
January 31: Luke 4:14-30 “Here and Now” Jesus’ sermon in his home town seems to end as abruptly as it begins… with the statement that God’s promises are being fulfilled in our midst. Like the angry crowd that sought to
January 24: 1 Corinthians 12 “In the Flesh” Paul’s vision of the church as “The Body of Christ” helps us remember that Jesus is not found so much in the church’s doctrine and polity as in her ministry of love
January 17 John 2:1-11 “Finding Jesus…At the Party” The story of Jesus turning water to wine at a wedding in Galilee reminds us that Jesus came to bring joy and life to the fullest. That he does this in the
December 13: JOY Stealing Christmas Matthew 2:16-18 Herod finds no room in his world for a rival king. While we find his mass genocide deplorable, too often we fail to surrender lordship of our own lives to Jesus.
November 22: (Christ the King) (Thanksgiving) Handling the Truth “The Church is closed-minded …” Lectionary Text: John 18:33-37 Pilate’s exchange with Jesus questions the very foundations of what the world holds true. Christ is King, but of a kingdom that
November 15: Borrowed Keys “The Church is arrogant in their belief that they are the only ones going to Heaven…” Lectionary Text: 1 Samuel 2:1-10 Hannah’s prayer emphasizes humility in the face of God’s sovereignty. Ultimately, Salvation belongs to God.
November 8: A Mite Deceptive “The Church is only interested in my money…” Lectionary Text: Mark 12:41-44 Jesus praises the depth of this widow’s generosity, not because of it’s size, but because of the faith behind it. She truly believes
November 1: (All Saints Day) Now and Later “The Church is irrelevant in today’s world…” Text: Revelation 21:1-6 Youth pastor, Jamie Jordan, reminds us that John’s divine vision of heaven speaks of a joyous eternity in God’s presence. But its
October 25: Seeing and Believing “The Church is judgmental…” Lectionary Text: Mark 10:46-52 (SEE ALSO Mark 8:22-26) Blindness is a physical ailment, but is often used as a symbol for a spiritual malady. Here, the simple faith of the blind