“Jesus’ Mic Drop”

~ Matthew 22:15-22 ~ When President Obama dramatically dropped the mic at the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner everyone knew what it meant. There was nothing left to be said. Today, we know that dropping the mic means a triumphant conclusion to one’s performance or speech. It signals complete confidence … Read More

“We’re Gonna Have a Weddin’”

~ Matthew 22:1-14 ~ A problem with every religion is baggage, centuries of it, baggage that is very difficult to remove from whatever the original intent was. One heavy load of baggage that affects all three Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Islam, and Christianity – is the theme of a judgmental … Read More

“The Critical Issue”

~ Matthew 25:31-46 ~ The night of September 22, the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky declared a state of emergency. What was the emergency? “The potential for civil unrest,” was his reason. Six months after officers shot and killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, at home, in her bed, while she slept, the … Read More

“A Welcoming and Sacred Place”

Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. Isaiah 58:12  This verse from Isaiah 58 is on the cover of NVM’s Mission Study under the title “A … Read More


~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~ Blessed are those who trust in God, whose trust is God. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is … Read More


~ Psalm 92:1-5/Luke 15:22-24 ~   Of all the stories or parables Jesus told, one of the most well-known is the story of the prodigal son. If you remember, the son demanded of his father his share of the inheritance and, with cash in hand, off he went to a … Read More