Pastor Note #22 –Life, Death, Meaning, and Love

I’m sitting in Wegman’s café drinking a cup of their dark roast coffee.  It's a little to much for me, actually.  I am a consumer of very large quantities of coffee.  But I have to admit that that strong, dark roast coffee is sometimes just a little too much for my mouth.  I want very … Continue reading Pastor Note #22 –Life, Death, Meaning, and Love

Bible Note #6 — The Bible and Worship

The Bible is a very obliging book in at least one particular respect, and that is that the Bible explains in fairly straightforward terms what it is.  That fact hasn’t caused scholars and others to refrain from arguing about the matter.  That argument has been going on for centuries, off and on.  But especially in … Continue reading Bible Note #6 — The Bible and Worship

Prayer Notes #13 — Casting Burdens

Dear Jesus, I am awake now more than an hour before I need to be.  My fears woke me up.  Or did you wake me up in order to deal with me about my fears? I feel as if I am living very randomly, driven by my impulses and whims.  And these impulses and whims, … Continue reading Prayer Notes #13 — Casting Burdens

Pastor Note #21 — The Meaning of Money, the Power of Giving

  I do not think I exaggerate when I say that some of us put our offering in the plate with a kind of triumphant bounce as much as to say, "There--now God will feel better!" . . . I am obliged to tell you that God does not need anything you have.  He does … Continue reading Pastor Note #21 — The Meaning of Money, the Power of Giving

Pastor Note #20 — The Spiritual Exercise of Giving

So, my exercise regimen tends to change from time to time.  I am easily bored.  By switching from one thing to another – health club to high school pool to brisk walks in the neighborhood to strenuous biking.  I am currently in-between exercise programs.  I sort of like going to the gym.  Well, actually, I … Continue reading Pastor Note #20 — The Spiritual Exercise of Giving

Bible Note #5 — Deuteronomy 13:1-5

Deuteronomy 13 1 If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, "Let us follow other gods" (gods you have not known) "and let us worship … Continue reading Bible Note #5 — Deuteronomy 13:1-5

Bible Notes #4 — Leviticus 21 & 22

Leviticus 21 & 22 In these two chapters, the strict holiness regulations are set down for the  priests.  I am struck especially by the regulations in chapter 22 concerning touching people who are unclean and thus being rendered unclean oneself.  I immediately thought of Jesus and the numerous times we hear of his touching people … Continue reading Bible Notes #4 — Leviticus 21 & 22