We Build The Kingdom

We Build The Kingdom

Mary sang, in the great song that she’s credited with: God has performed mighty deeds with his arm;     God has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. God has brought down rulers from their thrones     but has lifted up the humble. God has filled the...
We Choose The Fire

We Choose The Fire

So, you’re going to buy the field. That was my advice to you, last week: buy the field. We were in the book of Jeremiah, exploring how Jeremiah took his own words about having hope in the midst of desolation and put them into practice. It was Jeremiah’s right and...
We Buy The Field

We Buy The Field

This Sunday, we’re exploring one of my very favorite stories in the whole Bible. It’s a little hard to hear what’s happening, what with the Hanamels and the Shallums and the ancient property codes. I’m not overstating things, though, when I tell you that this is...
Temples: Jacob’s Altar Call

Temples: Jacob’s Altar Call

I quoted a piece of Psalm 146 on the back of the bulletin for you. It uses a title for God that ought to make even the most degenerate of us hopeful: the God of Jacob:   Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is...
Sketches of Peter

Sketches of Peter

Later in his life, Peter wrote a couple letters to the church. They’re First and Second Peter, toward the end of the New Testament. In his first letter, he expands on a tangled and complex metaphor about how each member of the church is basically like a rock and how...