“The Hard Work of Getting Along”

~ James 3:13-18 ~ Is stress a good thing or a bad thing? A few years ago – OK, many years ago – I was climbing Longs Peak, one of the many Fourteeners, we call them – 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado, this one rising prominently on the Front Range. I … Read More

“Doing Community in a #Hashtag World”

Matthew 18:15-20/Romans 13:8-10 For biblical scholars and, well, for preachers, making ancient texts relevant to today’s world is a real challenge. One can make the common mistake of taking a text from the bible and just applying directly it to whatever situation you are dealing with today. This seems pertinent … Read More

“Rewarding Criminal Behavior”

~ A Crisis of Forgiveness ~ Matthew 18:21-25/Psalm 103:1-13   Early in my time here at Noe Valley Ministry, I preached a sermon on this passage. I raised the question: Does forgiveness excuse bad behavior? When we are dealing with people who have wronged us or hurt us, doesn’t forgiving … Read More