I was writing about gifts and their meaning and the meta-meaning (meaning behind the meaning) of a gift when I was struck by these words from Matthew’s Gospel: “... they returned by another way.” The decision to go another way. This act of re-turning is a defining moment in the birth narrative of Jesus. This … Continue reading Pastor’s Corner for January 2020
This week, our discussion of the wisdom books moves to Job which examines how we can trust God when life seems unfair and bad things happen to good people. https://youtu.be/GswSg2ohqmA The Bible Project; The Book of Job In this book, a prosperous man named Job, who has always done as God wanted. One day, Satan … Continue reading Wisdom in Job
Continuing our discussion on wisdom, we turn to the book of Ecclesiastes. Its critical voice finds flaws in the teachings of Proverbs. Life brings inexplicable challenges. How does one continue to strive for wisdom in the confusion of events that seem beyond our control? When all seems "Hevel": unclear as if obscured by a veil … Continue reading Wisdom in Ecclesiastes
I know, it’s Summer. I should be reveling about the beauty and warmth of this season. But, it seems to me as we begin our time together that Spring is more fitting a metaphor. Gardening and Spring Cleaning have similar early stages. Spring is usually the time for tilling and planting – garden work. It’s … Continue reading Pastor’s Corner for July 2019
So Sunday, we started looking at wisdom. Where does it come from? Why is it wisdom anyway? I invited people, during worship, to share with us what words of wisdom their parents and grandparents passed on to them. You know, like: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush A penny saved … Continue reading Wisdom in Proverbs
References to wisdom, knowledge and common sense seem to be popping up in the media almost daily. So, what's the difference - or is there a difference - between 'everyday' wisdom and Biblical wisdom. Let's find out. Our Summer Sermon Series on Wisdom in the Bible begins July 7th! Check out this video teaser from … Continue reading Wisdom Series: Beginning July 7th!