The Tester

So does God ever test us? We talk about the devil tempting us, but does God ever test us, and how do we know the difference? Soon after I came to BRC I preached a sermon where I suggested that the same event can be a trial, a temptation and a test. It’s like looking…Read more »

Holy Saturday

Does Holy Saturday have a role of any importance in Holy Week, or in our spiritual lives? I think it does, especially if you’re a person like me who has tended to struggle with faith. Holy Saturday is for holy doubters. Jesus’ disciples had every reason to doubt. Just when it looked like he was going to take control…Read more »

A Death Allowed

The following poem is based on today’s gospel (John 4:43-54), and is a follow-up to yesterday’s post as well as a blade to till the soil for this coming Sunday’s sermon. A second wonder in Cana. A second word to give one pause. “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe.” Miracles…Read more »


We must never minimize Jesus, or what it means to follow him. Jesus’ own words won’t let us. He is forever prodding and poking and jolting. In the gospel reading for today, the poor disciples have been trying to cast out a demon and to heal a boy who suffers with seizures. When Jesus shows…Read more »

Faith That Rocks

Today’s Hebrews reading contains verses I memorized many years ago: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,…Read more »