Standing on Tiptoes

~ Luke 21:25-36 ~ Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the time of preparation for Christmas and the coming of the Christ child. But the season of Advent in the church year looks in two directions. It not only looks back on the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, but … Read More

Is the Building the Church?

~ Mark 13:1-8 ~ A few years ago, Linda and I met some friends in Cologne, Germany, at the plaza of the huge medieval cathedral. On this warm summer Sunday, we watched street performers and an incredible sidewalk chalk rendition of a De Vinci painting. Behind us, the weather-darkened fa├žade … Read More

“Two Simple Impossible Commands”

~┬áDeuteronomy 6:4-9/Leviticus 19:18/Mark 12:28-34 ~ In a hostile and violent world, talk about love often seems out of place, naive, simplistic. When there are hard things to contend with love often gets short shrift. When difficult issues demand our attention, we tend to respond out of duty and obligation rather … Read More