Making Disciples?

David Brown

Matthew 28:16 – 20 The gospel text we encounter on this Trinity Sunday isn’t really about the Trinity. It doesn’t help us understand the Trinity. It’s before us today because, like the scripture reading from Second Corinthians Dawn read, it includes a Trinitarian formula: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But … Read More

Noe Valley Ministry Vision and Mission

David Brown

Today on this Pentecost Sunday and as we celebrate the 30th birthday of Noe Valley Ministry, I thought it would be good to spend some time with the Noe Valley Ministry Vision and Ministry Statement. I would like to affirm it and raise questions about what it means as you … Read More

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