Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2014’

“Identity Crisis”– Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20– August 24, 2014

  Identity theft is a real problem in these days of digital information exchange and storage. If someone with less than scrupulous intentions gets a hold of your social security number or credit card information, they can wreck all sorts of havoc on your life. If that’s ever happened to you, it’s hard to maintain perspective about your “identity”–it can …

“The Other”– Matthew 15:21-28– Aug. 17, 2014

  If we are to look to Jesus as a model of what a fully alive human being looks like, then surely this story of his encounter with the Canaanite woman must be included. Contrary to what some commentators suggest, I don’t think Jesus was all-knowing, all-compassionate at every moment and so here he was merely testing this woman’s faith. …

“Come on in!”– Matthew 14:22-33– Aug. 10, 2014

  Last week we heard the story of the feeding of over 5000 people, beginning with just five loaves of bread and two fish. The disciples had thought there was nothing there in that deserted place to feed all those people with, and they told Jesus to send the people away into the villages to buy something to eat. But …

“Blessing and Breaking”– Gen. 32:22-31, Mt. 14:13-21– Aug. 3, 2014

  A lot has happened since you and I were last together. While I was on vacation, a Malaysian air liner was shot down over Ukraine, most probably by Russian separatists. Israel and Hamas have been trading missiles and bombs over and into the Gaza strip, with hundreds of Palestinian deaths, largely civilians, and dozens of Israeli deaths, mainly soldiers. …

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