A LEAP OF FAITH

Paul writes these words to the Christians in Corinth – and to us:2nd Corinthians 9:11-12:11You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. He was imploring them to …

A NEW YEAR?

Matthew 2:10 NRSVWhen they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. Yes, it is a new year – but it also comes with a big question mark – doesn’t it? Many are asking, “is it really a new year, because it feels very much like an old one?” And then there is the anniversary of January …

HOPE VS OPTIMISM

The words to this Charles Wesley Advent hymn express the difference between hope and optimism. “Come, Thou long expected JesusBorn to set Thy people free;From our fears and sins release us,Let us find our rest in Thee.Israel’s strength and consolation,Hope of all the earth Thou art;Dear desire of every nation,Joy of every longing heart. Born Thy people to deliver,Born a …

A Pastor’s Meditation

Isaiah 40:1 NRSV Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Chaos rides into town on a dark horse and changes everything.Lord, we shout out against the unwanted tempest.Into the darkness of night, against the unholy wind,we cry out against the very forces of nature itself. The whirlwind brings unimaginable pain, loss, and suffering.Our world’s very identity as a “heavenly …

Memories

Luke 1:26 NRSV 26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth… If you ask someone to share with you their best Christmas memory, odds are good they will share with you a childhood memory of Christmas. Why is that? I pondered that question within my own soul this week. It’s …

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!!

Luke 1: 1-4 NRSV 1Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, 2just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, 3I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account …

Ye Olde Burgess Christmas Letter

Merry Christmas (2021) from “Burgess South!” O Come, All Ye Faithful… I feel as though this coming year is the year we finally see the light at the end of the covid tunnel. It has been so hard for so many. My family is grateful for the vaccines and for a “place of grace” to serve my calling as a …

Filled With Thankfulness!

Colossians 3:17 NRSV 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. If you’ve been around church very long, you know that the church calendar begins the church new year as we encounter the season of Advent. It’s the season of preparation. Advent begins …

ANONYMITY ANONYMOUS

Someone once asked me, “Should Christians pray in public?” It was a reasonable question. After all, Jesus said that prayer should be a private and personal experience with God. But as always, context matters. Here’s the quote: “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners …

HOW SWEET THE SOUND

I’ve been singing Amazing Grace a lot lately in my personal worship time (this may explain a lot if you see me in my car in the morning on the way to work). We sang it at a funeral a few weeks ago and I can’t get it out of my head. I’m not complaining… I like it there. But …