I “Like” the Bible!

I really like the Bible! Not just “like” as in I click on a thing is social media to share with the world, or at least those witch whom I am connected. No, I really actually like the Bible. Except the parts that I don’t like. Ok, well, this is a bit oversimplified. I wasContinue reading “I “Like” the Bible!”

Got (Theological) Questions?

Preached Sunday morning August 2, 2015 at Euless First United Methodist Church, at the 11 am service One of you, last week, asked me if reading the Bible would make God answer prayers faster. I’d like to try to tackle that with you this morning on our way into today’s Got Theological Questions? But first,Continue reading “Got (Theological) Questions?”

Got Questions? (Biblical)

Here’s my sermon from Sunday, July 26th. This opens the “Got Questions?” series. In the video, which will be available later in the week, we will include questions taken and answered during the sermon. This is only the part I prepared ahead of time. Enjoy!Let’s start our “Got Questions” series with one of the fewContinue reading “Got Questions? (Biblical)”

You and the Bible

This past week I visited a Sunday School class where Luke 14:25-35 was the topic. The opening discussion focused on verse 26: “Whoever comes to me and doesn’t hate father and mother, spouse and children, and brothers and sisters—yes, even one’s own life—cannot be my disciple. Actually, the focus was almost entirely on one wordContinue reading “You and the Bible”

All Saints Diminished

Today is All Saints Day.  One day set aside in the Christian Year to remember the saints, the “great cloud of witnesses” who have gone before us.  One day to remember that their lives, their testimonies, their witness have played a role in who we are, and in what the Christian faith is today. So,Continue reading “All Saints Diminished”

Your Help is Welcome

Please help me understand this: In Genesis 22 God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. The word used in most translations to describe this act of God is that God “tested.” In James 1:13, we are told that God does not tempt anyone. What’s going on here? Is there a difference between “tempting” andContinue reading “Your Help is Welcome”

Bonhoeffer on Bible Reading

From Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, on reading consecutive books of the Bible (or large portions rather than brief selections: We become a part of what once took place for our salvation. Forgettign and losing ourselves, we, too, pass through the Red Sea, through the desert, across the Jordan into the promised land.  With Israel we fallContinue reading “Bonhoeffer on Bible Reading”