Sunday morning preaching – and how our garden reminds me of church

I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;    I have gathered my myrrh with my spice.I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey;    I have drunk my wine and my milk Song of Songs 5:1 Over the years the garden has been a recurring theological theme in my writing. It's kind of funny because I am …

Continue reading Sunday morning preaching – and how our garden reminds me of church

Surely Goodness and Love will Follow…

Surely your goodness and love will follow me    all the days of my life,and I will dwell in the house of the Lord    forever. Psalm 23 Two days, two worship services. They could not have been more different. They could not have been more similar. First, on Saturday, I enjoyed the blessing of being in the sanctuary at Wake …

Continue reading Surely Goodness and Love will Follow…

“They have ears but cannot hear” (what I learned at the audiology office)

They have ears but cannot hear,    and mouths but cannot breathe. Psalm 135:17 Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Mark 4:9 To whom can I give warning?    Who will listen when I speak?Their ears are closed,    and they cannot hear.They scorn the word of the Lord.    They don’t want to listen at all. Jeremiah 6:10 …

Continue reading “They have ears but cannot hear” (what I learned at the audiology office)

Four Generation Photo – and Sharing the Good News

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I came that they may have life, rich and satisfying.Galatians 5:22-23, John 10:10 - Derek, David, Mr. T., Andrew Four generations of Maul men in one photograph is a big ask. Especially when …

Continue reading Four Generation Photo – and Sharing the Good News

The Power of Goodness and Hope (photo-friday part II)

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13 This may be an excuse to skip more serious writing, but I have a new set of photos to …

Continue reading The Power of Goodness and Hope (photo-friday part II)

How wide, how long, how high, and how deep

- HMPC Sunday morning (note the "Holy Spirit ribbons!") I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of …

Continue reading How wide, how long, how high, and how deep

This is the real story. Let this story be told. Talk about this story instead!

- Rev Bob Inskeep shares inspiration and enthusiasm at Rocky Mount Today, splashed - sadly - all over the headlines, another deeply damaging abuse scandal has further tarnished the image of The Church in the national consciousness, once again featuring misogyny, manipulation, and cover-up. How sad. Especially sad since the truth about the Gospel of …

Continue reading This is the real story. Let this story be told. Talk about this story instead!

so filled with light and love that it spills over

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see …

Continue reading so filled with light and love that it spills over

Don’t slouch! Holy Week is all about “standing” in the good news

- Leonardo Da Vinci The Last Supper Brothers and sisters, I want to call your attention to the good news that I preached to you, which you also received and in which you stand. You are being saved through it if you hold on to the message I preached to you, unless somehow you believed it …

Continue reading Don’t slouch! Holy Week is all about “standing” in the good news

Video blog #2: “Standing in Grace”

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces …

Continue reading Video blog #2: “Standing in Grace”