Salt of the Earth3

~ Matthew 5:13-16 ~ It’s made of two of the most volatile elements on earth. Drop a lump of sodium in a bucket of water and it will explode with enough force to kill. Chlorine is even more deadly. It was the active ingredient in the poison gases used in … Read More

“The Happiness Agenda”

Happy Face Image

Matthew 5:1-12 One of the claims to fame for Noe Valley Ministry is that Bobby McFerrin once performed here. Bobby McFerrin, world musician extraordinaire, is also a bit of an eccentric. I once saw him conduct a Beethoven symphony in his bare feet. As a gesture of good will, the … Read More

Poetic Contentment

Joyful Soul

Throughout history, musicians have turned to poets for the lyrics of their vocal compositions. Beethoven turned to Schiller for “Ode to Joy.” Mahler turned to Friedrich Glopstock for the text of his Resurrection Symphony: Aufersteh’n, ja aufersteh’n. And in the case of the piece The Artemis Trio will perform shortly, … Read More

What Are You Looking For?

Martin Luther King Jr.

~ John 1:29 -42 ~ Sometimes I’ll find myself in a store, like a clothing store, just standing there, you know, kind of looking lost. Inevitably, a store clerk will come up to me and say, “Can I help you find anything.” To which I’ll sometimes say, just to mess … Read More

“A Sacramental Faith”


Matthew 3:13-17 In the calendar of the church year, this is called Baptism of Christ Sunday. Therefore, baptism tends to get talked about on this Sunday. From the earliest days of the Christian church, baptism has been a big deal. After all, Jesus, himself, was baptized. The picture of the … Read More

“Joy Happens”


~ Isaiah 35:1-10/Matthew 11:2-11 ~ This is the Advent Sunday of Joy. Amongst these Advent candles, today’s candle is pink, I think to make it stand out – a special candle for a special Advent Sunday. Joy is not something that we can seek. It happens. Joy happens in anticipation … Read More