Friday, March 16, 2018

Visible Promises, Abundant Mercies (3/11/18)

Coventry Cathedral, baptistery window by John Piper 

On Sunday, March 11th, we celebrated the sacrament of baptism as we welcomed Mason O'Casek into the family of saints here at Rehoboth Presbyterian Church. We also heard the story of Moses and the bronze serpent, one of the most unusual stories from the Hebrew Scriptures, as well as a very, very familiar passage from the Gospel of John.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Thirteen Commandments (3/4/18)
 Lucas Cranach, The Ten Commandments

On Sunday, March 4th, we examined the Ten Commandments, as they appear in the Book of Exodus. This is one of those Bible stories that is so familiar, that sometimes we don't pay close enough attention to it. Even worse, we tend to view it as simply a checklist of behaviors that we have to follow, rather than understanding it as part of a larger covenant between God and humanity.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Lift Up Your Cross (2/25/18)

 James Tissot, Get Thee Behind Me, Satan!

On Sunday, February 25th, we heard Jesus give one of his harshest rebukes, "Get behind me, Satan!" We examined that story in light of Kate Bowler's memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason, And Other Lies I've Loved. Read on to learn more.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lonesome Valleys (2/18/18)

Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1:9-15

Emile Aebischer, Noah and the Dove
On Sunday, February 18th, we examined the story of God's covenant with Noah and Mark's account of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness. We considered these stories in light of the tragedy last week in Parkland, Florida.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Glimpses of Glory (2/11/18)

The fountain in Century III Mall; the former Kaufmann's location is behind the fountain.

Last Saturday I visited Century III Mall. On Sunday, we considered the account of the Transfiguration as it's presented in the Gospel of Mark. I used my visit to the mall to illustrate this story. I also offered a story of transformation from a Presbyterian church in Canada.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Everyone Is Searching (2/4/18)

Christ Healing Peter's Mother-in-Law from the Hitda Codex
On Sunday, February 4th we examined the story of Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law in the Gospel of Mark. We considered this story in light of some positive changes here at Rehoboth Presbyterian Church and how we are living into Christ's call to be the Church. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Enemy Within (1/28/18)

The "evil" Captain Kirk from "The Enemy Within"

On Sunday, January 28th, we considered the story of Jesus healing a man with an unclean spirit. In this story, the unclean spirit immediately recognizes that Jesus is the Holy One of God—but the text doesn’t tell us if the unclean spirit responded in anger or in fear. I decided to read it both ways, to give a sense of how each response can color our understanding of this story.