Thursday, March 14 A quick primer for those who might not be familiar with the Apostle Paul: A significant portion of the New Testament is made up of letters written by Paul to churches he helped start scattered around the northern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Paul began as a Pharisaical Jew who believed that […]
The Eulogy for Charles “Chick” Deeks (April 21, 1938 – November 27, 2017) Charles “Chick” Deeks was born on April 21, 1938 in East Orange. He grew up in Nutley with his mother and father, his brother Arty who was five years younger, and his sister Marilyn who was ten years younger. It was a […]
A sermon preached on December 4th, 2016 – the second Sunday in Advent. During Advent we hear a lot from people in the Bible who are called “prophets.” Who were the prophets? Sometimes people today think of a prophet as somebody who predicts the future, but that misses the essence of what prophets […]
Today is Easter! The tomb is empty! Jesus has risen! Without this message, the church would not, could not, should not, exist. If we truly took the resurrection seriously as the cornerstone of our lives together, how might we live?
On this day the disciples honored the Jewish Sabbath, keeping still. Nothing to do to fix the problem. Just be still. Wait. Be empty. On this holy day, let us seek to empty ourselves.
Today is Good Friday. As we go into the world, let us carry with us the words of Jesus upon the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” How does holding these words with us effect the way we encounter people?
On this night, long ago, Peter insisted to Jesus that even if the other disciples would betray him, he would not. Jesus knew that this was not so. Peter, it seems, was relying on his personal power — his self-confidence. What is the difference between self-confidence and faith in God? In what ways do we […]
The Gospel of John tells us that on his last night with his disciples, Jesus got down on his knees in the posture of a servant and washed his disciples dirty feet. This, he was saying, is what it means to be his disciple. As we move through this day, are we willing to be […]
The disciple Peter was called by Jesus the ‘rock’ upon which he built his Church. He was also the disciple who denied Jesus three times in his hour of greatest need. He was saint, and he was sinner. He stands for all of us. To what extent do we try to see people as strictly […]
This is Holy Week — the week we remember the story that is central to our faith. Before we get to the message of life victorious over death, the story leads us into the deepest darkness. Where in our lives have we known such darkness? How alone Jesus must have felt in that final week […]