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

The Presence

David Brown

Acts 17:22-29/John 14:15-21 My sense of this congregation, Noe Valley Ministry, is that you are not obsessed with a rigid definition of God. In fact, you probably have a very fluid sense of God’s nature; that many of you are willing to explore and experience God in eclectic, non-traditional ways. … Read More

Way, Truth, Life: A Third Option

David Brown

John 14:1-11 Of all the theological wars being fought today in religious circles, and in our Presbyterian denomination in particular, one of the biggies is the question: “Is Jesus the only way?” For many this question is the litmus test to determine whether you are a true believer or not. … Read More

Come and Dine

David Brown

Psalm 23/John 10:22-30 It was winter, the gospel writer says. Maybe on this particular day it was especially cold and windy as Jesus walked the colonnade of Solomon’s porch. And maybe feeling already irritable from the cold, Jesus grimaced as he saw them approach. With their wintry spirits the persistent, … Read More

Heart Burn

David Brown

Luke 24:19-35 When we meet the disciples on the road to Emmaus, it is evening, and the luminous glow of the day has begun to fade. Resurrection, at this point, is nothing more than a rumor, a curiosity, an idle tale. And yet when the disciples meet a stranger on … Read More

I Doubt It!

David Brown

John 20:19-31 Poor Thomas! History hasn’t treated him very well, has it? Labeled with the derogatory “Doubting Thomas” he has been the butt of Christian moral lessons for centuries. Paintings abound featuring the “incredulity” of Thomas. Hymns that feature Thomas’s unbelief extolling believers not to doubt, like this one from … Read More