“Pits, Prisons, Power, and the Providence of God”

September 23, 2018 | Genesis 39:1-23, 50:20

This is our third week hearing stories from the Hebrew Bible, which we call the Old Testament.  Last week we heard the story of Abraham and Sarah who were called by God to leave their home and set out on a journey with God.  God covenants with them and promises three things:  from them will […]

“Do Not Worry About Anything”- Guest Rev. Richard Ruch

September 16, 2018 | Philippians 4:1-9

One of the things I love about the Old Dutch Church is that we’re pretty cool.  This is a cool church, as they go.  Some churches are pretty lame, boring.  Not this one.  There are some really cool people here— we’re a delightful mix of artists, farmers, philosophers, sinners, saints, and weirdos.  Our historic building […]

“Getting to the Rainbow”

September 9, 2018 | Portions of Genesis 6, 8, and 9

This past week I came across the story of a minister who was giving a children’s sermon about this flood story.  After telling the story, she asked the kids to close their eyes and use their imaginations:  “What do you see, what do you smell, what do you hear?,” she asked.  Without skipping a beat, […]

“The Unhealth of Zero Tolerance”  

July 1, 2018 | Mark 5:21-35 

The Jewish synagogue during Jesus’ time had a zero tolerance policy regarding women women who were menstruating.  Such women were considered unclean, and anyone who touched them would also become unclean, unholy.  Unclean people were not allowed to join the community in the synagogue for worship; they were considered unfit to come into God’s holy […]