A sermon preached on Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019 based on Luke’s account of the passion story. In this great story we will listen to once more this night, we are invited to contemplate the mystery of good and evil. As we live our ordinary lives far removed from the atrocities that are common in […]
Friday, April 12 — The Lord Has Need of It Back in 9:51 in Luke’s Gospel Jesus is said to have “set his face to go to Jerusalem” (evoking imagery from the “suffering servant” passage we read earlier in the week.) Here now in the 19th chapter Jesus reaches his destination. The story of Jesus’ […]
Monday, April 8 As you read this week’s psalm, listen for themes that resonate with the story of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and the passion story that follows. Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Open […]
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 […]