Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον… meditation

Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ’ ἔχῃζωὴν αἰώνιον.  John 3:16 in Koine Greek. What if there was someone you have grown to love that spoke in a language foreign to your own, what would you do? Language is one of those most fundamental communication symbols. We take it for granted but it is an amazing thing that we can take sounds likeContinue reading “Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον… meditation”

Brush your teeth…

Brush your teeth. Comb your hair. No, you can’t wear polka dots with stripes. Yes you have to go to school. Yes you have to do your homework. No, you can’t eat another chocolate chip cookie. Yes, you are coming to church. When you think about the list of things that comes out of aContinue reading “Brush your teeth…”

The Key

This weeks meditation is from Matthew 16:13-20. I remember my first year of marriage with Shi, that year when you begin to really realize what it’s like living with a different person. I left the toilet seat up and she put it down. I left the cap off of the tube of toothpaste, which droveContinue reading “The Key”

“Blessed Blessing” Meditation

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp andContinue reading ““Blessed Blessing” Meditation”

Camels Unite Against the Bible?

I came across this article today about ancient camels and how they are supposed to debunk the ancient stories of Genesis. Please read below.  New Evidence Using Carbon Dating Contradicts the Bible, Israeli Archeologists Claim  I really don’t want to have a huge discussion about carbon dating to try and use it as a strawContinue reading “Camels Unite Against the Bible?”

“Three Tempting Myths” Meditation

Whenever you start a conversation off about temptations and how Christians work through them it almost seems obligatory to tell that really worn joke about a fishing hook, a tasty worm and a fish and when the fish takes a bite out of the tasty worm it is hooked and pulled wherever the fisherman wantsContinue reading ““Three Tempting Myths” Meditation”

“Cliche Church?” Mediation

Sitting in the hospital waiting room, waiting for your wife’s surgery to finish is not the time that you want to hear anything pat or clichéd. Things like: “Don’t worry, she’ll be fine,” or even Christianish things like “God will never give you more than you can handle,” or even “don’t worry, God is inContinue reading ““Cliche Church?” Mediation”

“Why I go to church”- Meditation

This is based on a newsletter article to my congregation at Gethsemane: When I became a “professional church worker” I realized that people just take it for granted that I go to church.  I mean after all the guy gets paid to show up on Sundays doesn’t he? Yes, I do, but that’s not whyContinue reading ““Why I go to church”- Meditation”

“Success Story” Meditation for a New Year

This is a sermon I preached at Gethsemane Lutheran the Sunday before New Year’s Day and I keep reading it to remind me what’s important in this New Year. ***         We’re looking at the new year and it is time for the Annual New Year’s resolutions! One of the keys to newContinue reading ““Success Story” Meditation for a New Year”

“Life and Death” Meditation on Spiritual Struggle

This is my sermon titled Life and Death based on Luke 20:27-40 that I preached at Gethsemane Lutheran in 2013.  There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wifeContinue reading ““Life and Death” Meditation on Spiritual Struggle”