A Cup of Cold Water

David Brown

Matthew 10:40-42 We’re three days in on a weeklong wilderness-backpacking trip high in the Colorado Rockies. We’ve already climbed one mountain today and now we are climbing again up another 1500 feet. Under the sweltering afternoon sun I trudge up the steep trail, the straps of my 50-pound pack cutting … Read More

It’s Rough Out There! Be Safe!

David Brown

Matthew 10:24-39 If you hadn’t notice I can be a contrarian. And my weird sense of humor comes out of my contrariness. I enjoy discombobulating people by my unorthodox response to simple inquiries. For instance, if I’m getting a coffee and the clerk, with a smile, says: “How are you … Read More

Making Disciples?

David Brown

Matthew 28:16 – 20 The gospel text we encounter on this Trinity Sunday isn’t really about the Trinity. It doesn’t help us understand the Trinity. It’s before us today because, like the scripture reading from Second Corinthians Dawn read, it includes a Trinitarian formula: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But … Read More

Noe Valley Ministry Vision and Mission

David Brown

Today on this Pentecost Sunday and as we celebrate the 30th birthday of Noe Valley Ministry, I thought it would be good to spend some time with the Noe Valley Ministry Vision and Ministry Statement. I would like to affirm it and raise questions about what it means as you … Read More

Christian Unity: An Oxymoron?

David Brown

Psalm 133/John 17 Ah! Christian unity! It really is an oxymoron, isn’t it? Committees, task forces, proclamations – they just go on and on. And what is accomplished? Within our own denomination there’s considerable lip service to unity. But to what end. I got my copy of The Layman in … Read More