Wisdom from above is . . . full of mercy and good fruits
The Church is supposed to be a boat bringing the miracle of hope, healing, and love to a world foundering in seething seas of our shattered, fearful, death-saturated lives, even if we don't like the other people in the world - or even the other people in the boat. Listen to the sermon here or read it…Continue
Added by Becky on August 13, 2017 at 5:25pm — No Comments
Our culture teaches us it's OK to laugh at violence, refuse to help those who suffer, and taunt those whom we don't value. It's normal, it's everyday, and it's evil. What should Christians do about it? Listen to the sermon here, or read it…Continue
Added by Becky on July 23, 2017 at 5:44pm — No Comments
We hear that 3 of the 4 soils in which God's Word can be planted are bad places. What if we're bad soil? Not to worry! God has plenty of seeds and will keep casting them our way; God Spirit is also is working at the same time to transform us into rich soil. Listen to the sermon here.
Added by Becky on July 16, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Is the God revealed in Christ REALLY what humanity wants? We tend to admire the superhero type, and Jesus doesn't meet those needs at all. Dare we let God be the one who defines what divinity is truly about? Listen to the sermon here, or read it…Continue
Added by Becky on July 9, 2017 at 3:09pm — No Comments
Happy 241st Birthday, America! What did Christopher Columbus, John Cabot and the Mayflower pilgrims all have in common? They all believed in God, of course, and they were, each and every one of them, immigrants. Listen to the sermon here.
Added by Becky on July 2, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
The Gospel gets real about the cost of a discipleship that challenges the values and tactics of the prevailing religious and political systems. Gosh, aren't we glad we don't have that problem anymore? Listen to the sermon here or read it…Continue
Added by Becky on June 25, 2017 at 2:48pm — No Comments
The letter from Peter tells Christians to do honorable work, not so that they will be honored, but so that unbelievers will see it and give glory to God. What kind of work would that be? Jesus sent his disciples to heal the sick, raise the dead, and throw out demons. That sounds extreme, but maybe that can also be as simple as filling a single mom's fridge with food. Listen to the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on June 18, 2017 at 4:11pm — No Comments
I've read Quantum Physics for Dummies, which makes me just knowledgeable enough to admit I don't know much about the subject at all. That didn't stop me from trying to bridge the science/faith gap on Sunday using my low-level understanding of physics and my better-than-average learning in theology. Listen to the sermon here or read it …Continue
Added by Becky on June 11, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments
In our utilitarian culture, when we can no longer justify the room we take up on this planet by being useful, what's the use of existing? This fear of being useless and worthless is behind a lot of depression and despair, especially among the elderly. Yet, God created us out of God's very breath as human beings, not human doings or human doings. Maybe the only thing we ever need to do to delight the Holy Spirit is Just. Breathe. Listen to the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on June 4, 2017 at 6:54pm — No Comments
Life makes us anxious. We dread what MIGHT happen and sometimes go to great lengths to avoid even thinking about it. Yet, in other ways, we almost invite this fear into our lives because we fixate on what is bad and wrong in the world, getting caught up in political dramas and world events beyond our control. To CALM DOWN and find a peaceful center, we need to learn from Paul and the other apostles: Focus on what is good, and give thanks for it.
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Added by Becky on May 28, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments
I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU ORPHANED. There is a health epidemic in America: people who feel lonely, abandoned. The antidote is the Cross. The true power of the Cross is that, through the presence of the Companion, the Spirit of Truth, we are intimately and eternally connected with the divine, with each other, and with ourselves. We are never alone. Read the sermon…Continue
If the cornerstone is strong and straight, even and level, the rest of the building will be, too. Making Christ our cornerstone is the one way to be grounded and centered on the solid rock that can withstand all afflictions. Listen to Cindy's sermon here.
Added by Becky on May 14, 2017 at 6:07pm — No Comments
Most of us of a certain age have been evaluated at work on a numerical scale that ranged from 1 - "Below Expectations" - to, say, 14, "Exceeds Expectations." Jesus had earned a "1" from the priests, Pilate, and even his disciples. Jesus' Resurrection did not change the evaluation, it tore up the notion that God has any interest in meeting our expectations at all. Indeed, the Reign of God blows our expectations out of the water. Read the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on April 30, 2017 at 4:29pm — No Comments
Believing what we know to be unlikely, even impossible, seems unwise. But, what if we don't have all the facts yet? Sometimes you don't need to see to believe, you need to believe in order to see. Listen to Deacon Cindy's sermon here.
Added by Becky on April 23, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments
If God is mostly about damning the unworthy, then didn't death win? I don't think that's what the life, death and resurrection of Jesus show us about God. I think Love wins. Life wins. Hope wins. Here at Good Shepherd, we have a way of celebrating that in one word. To find out what that word is, listen to the sermon here.
Added by Becky on April 16, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments
What or who is God's greatest treasure? Psalm 24 says "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." That includes us. Why don't we treat Creation and each other as priceless treasures? It's what Jesus did. Read the sermon here.
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Added by Becky on April 2, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments
John Lennon, in his song Imagine, does something I think we should all do: think about what we really want, what we imagine life on earth could be like right here and right now. Theoretically, as Jesus-followers pen their lyrics, they first would consider how God would write the lyrics to the song and try to be consistent. But we can't stop with imagination! In this mark of love, we discern how we live into that imagination, what we need to transform in our lives so the world as it…Continue
Added by Becky on March 26, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments
We are often told to "do something for Lent." What about simply focusing on the good we already do and simply being more aware and intentional? Listen to the sermon here.
Added by Becky on March 19, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
"Those who can do; those who can't, teach." Garbage. The best teachers are the ones who not only know something about something, they love it, and they live it. They teach with their whole being. That's what Jesus-followers are called to do. Read the sermon here or listen to it…Continue
Added by Becky on March 12, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments
We all know the advice: don't bring up politics or religion at a dinner party! But, surely we can talk about our faith without being a jerk, right? Right? In fact, if we don't talk about it, ever, to anyone, what does that say about its place in our lives? Read the sermon here, or listen to it…Continue
Added by Becky on March 5, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments