“De-Lording”

~ Psalm 100/Mark 10:37-45 ~ On occasion, when I’m out and about with minister colleagues, at Presbytery meetings or with friends on vacation, I might tell them about one of the biggest challenges I face as pastor of Noe Valley Ministry. The challenge? De-Lording scripture texts! With astonishment they ask, … Read More

Join Us for Worship Sunday, September 30, 2018, 10:30am

Evidently, Jesus had issues with how lords served the people. Yet we call Jesus ‘Lord’. We call God ‘Lord’. Is this a disconnect? This Sunday we’ll explore the whole idea of ‘Lordship’ in the Christian faith. Can a lord be a servant? Does ‘Lord’ have just too much baggage? Should … Read More

“God Is Sovereign…Or Not?”

  ~ Mark 9:30-37/1 Corinthians 1:19-31 ~   Flying across the country at 30,000 feet when suddenly the plane hits turbulence, jerks violently and drops precipitously. Spontaneously I pray, “God save us!” When the plane finally lands I heave a sigh of relief, thanking God for the protection. But then … Read More

Join Us for Worship Sunday, September 23, 2018, 10:30am

~ The age-old question: If God is all-powerful why can’t God prevent needless tragedies like deadly hurricanes, the holocaust, the death of innocent children and cancer? Of all the possible explanations there is one we usually avoid – maybe God can’t. Maybe God isn’t all-powerful; maybe, after all, God isn’t … Read More

“Feeling the Love”

~ 1 John 4 ~ There are a lot of words in the bible and church about God, words that attempt to describe God, define God. Words like ‘almighty’, ‘all-powerful’, ‘majestic’, ‘sovereign’ ‘unchanging’, ‘omnipresent’, ‘holy’. Theologians through the ages have stumbled around trying to define God. For every description of … Read More

“Jesus: The Antidote to a Vindictive God”

  ~ John 14:4-11/Luke 15:11-32 ~   It’s hard to hear fresh words about Jesus. We’ve been talking about Jesus for two thousand years after all. His name is used in both blessings and curses. Art featuring Jesus is everywhere. He has his own line of jewelry. Christmas and Easter … Read More