“Receiving the Cure”

November 4, 2018 | 2 Kings 5: 1-19   

  He is a war hero accustomed to receiving praise.  He expects to be treated with honor.  He is used to being in charge.  He likes to be in control.   He is not accustomed to taking orders from people who are beneath him.  And he is not well.  The reality is that things are out […]

“The Grace of Telling the Whole Story”

October 21, 2018 | II Samuel 11 & 12 (abridged) 

A Jewish rabbi once said “this story about David was included in the Scriptures to make the point that even the most moral of persons can fall, the most powerful people have weaknesses, and no one, not even David, is perfect.”  This is an R-rated story about a great and powerful king’s wrongdoing and weak […]

“A Plan for Social Re-Construction”

October 7, 2018 | Exodus 19:1-8; 20:1-17

Today it’s the Ten Commandments.  Katha Pollitt, a columnist for the journal “The Nation,” has this to say about these “thou shalt nots”:  “When you consider that God could have commanded anything he wanted—anything!—the Ten Commandments have got to rank as one of the great missed opportunities of all time.  How different history would have […]

“The Alternative Intention of the Holy One”

September 30, 2018 | Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29

This is our third week following the story of Abraham, Sarah and their descendants.   God called these two to leave their home and journey with God.  God entered a covenant with them and promised them three things:  many, many descendants; land to live on; and God promised to be with them always—blessing them so that […]