Restoration of Peter

In the Gospel reading for today (John 21:1-19) Jesus restores Peter to ministry. He does so by asking Peter three times: “Do you love Me?” Each response by Peter “Yes, Lord. You know that I love you,” is met with Jesus saying, “feed My lambs”; “Shepherd My sheep”; “Feed My sheep.” This parallels Peter’s three-foldContinue reading “Restoration of Peter”

The Liturgy of S(p)orts

The Liturgy of S(p)orts © 1989, 2010 Psalm 122:1 “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD.’” What an interesting insight the psalmist gives to worship. He rejoices to go to Yahweh’s (the LORD’s) house! Is that true today? Perhaps some of us quietly admit thatContinue reading “The Liturgy of S(p)orts”

Prayers for Survivors — Part 6

As time passes, it is easy for many of us to think that the effects of abuse have disappeared. But we are reminded that each day these women face new challenges, grow beyond where they had been. But their pain is real, the consequences significant. This is a small reminder that not one is forgotten.Continue reading “Prayers for Survivors — Part 6”

Prayers for Survivors/Conquerors—Part 4

Continuation of prayers for the survivors and conquerors of the abuse by Larry Nassar. It’s easy for us to let slip the horror done and how that has affected so many including family members of those abused. These prayers can help us remember those who endured and lived in light of the consequences of theContinue reading “Prayers for Survivors/Conquerors—Part 4”

Places of the Passion Pt 1

The Upper Room During our midweek Lenten services we will take a look at five places connected to Jesus’ death. Each place will expose us to the people involved in Jesus’ death. We will see people taking actions that reveal that they are not only witnesses but accomplices in Jesus’ death. Our first look  tonight willContinue reading “Places of the Passion Pt 1”

Review of Unbroken by Madeleine Black

Unbroken: Used, beaten, but never broken. My story of survival and hope. Madeleine Black (2017). Rape is horrible, no matter how we describe it, no matter what words we choose—rape is still horrible. Madeleine Black in her book uses words, graphic words, to tell the story of her rape and close brush with death. AsContinue reading “Review of Unbroken by Madeleine Black”

Prayer in midst of tragedy

Our hearts grieve today in the face of a major tragedy when family and friends suffer so much. As Christians we turn our hearts toward God. O Lord, once again death has invaded our ordinary daily lives. Sin and evil have again striven against the life You have given and won a battle; spreading deathContinue reading “Prayer in midst of tragedy”