Spiritual Practice 4: Identify and Use Your Spiritual Gifts

On Sunday, which happened to be Reformation Sunday, we talked about faith – faith as gift, as trust, as faithfulness, as risk, as obedience, as perseverance, and finally, as freedom. This week’s spiritual practice zeros in on one of the most important and specific ways we exercise faith. The apostle Paul writes: For by the…Read more »

Covenant Renewal: Spiritual Practice 2 – Gather with God’s People Weekly for Worship

This week’s spiritual practice for building up the body is “Gather with God’s People Weekly for Worship.” Let’s take that statement apart. First, we gather. One meaning of the Greek word for “church” is “gathering.” In other words, coming together and being together is fundamental to what it means to be church. Ultimately, this understanding of church…Read more »

No Offense

A line from this morning’s gospel reading: “Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.” So why would anyone take offense at Jesus? Frankly, I can think of a number of reasons. Here’s a couple of them. In this instance the “someone” is John the Baptist. He’s pining away in Herod’s dungeon, no doubt wondering why Jesus hasn’t done…Read more »

John’s Baptism – Getting Ready for Sunday

This coming Sunday our community will have the honor and blessing of baptizing the Smith’s baby daughter. Reformed churches, like most Protestant denominations, reserve the word “sacrament” for two community events – baptism and the Lord’s Supper (or communion). Recently we’ve begun a discussion about the Lord’s Supper, especially in the context of our current…Read more »