GOD CAN’T… BEAR TO LOOK

(Joshua 1:1-15) The Travel Channel, before it turned into the travel to paranormal locations channel, used to have a show titled Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.   For those of you who have not seen that show or don’t remember it, each week Zimmern would travel around the country and around the world and find weird…

GOD CAN’T… CHANGE HIS MIND

(Genesis 6:6-8; 9:8-17) In October 1980, UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher found her government’s economic policy was under severe scrutiny.  Unemployment was rising, the economy was shrinking, and Thatcher was facing calls to change direction.  Her speech at the capitol conservative party conference addressed this unexpected “U turn” with a phrase that would define her…

VISIBLE MENDING

(2 Kings 2:1-12) When Arounna Khounnoraj was growing up in Canada, her family did not have much money.  Her mother was a seamstress, so she made and mended all of Arounna’s clothes.  Her mother was so skilled with a needle and thread that no one could see the repairs. “I remember when she would mend…

GODSMACKED

(2 Kings 2:1-12) Anyone who has lived through a disaster has asked the question: “Why? Why did it happen?  Why did God let it happen?” It’s a reasonable question to ask.  What role does God play in the hurricane, wildfire, cancer diagnosis, layoff, or divorce? Today’s passage from Isaiah says God “sits above the circle of the…

RECIPE FOR DIVINITY

(1 Corinthians 8:1-13) When traveling through the South, you might come across a confection known as “divinity.”  It has been around more than 100 years and probably originated in the South because pecans were frequently used in the recipe.  Corn syrup was a popular sugar substitute in the 1900s, and divinity candy was one of…

WAYFINDING WITH JESUS

(Mark 1:14-20) Jesus has come to show us the way.  He points us to a landmark we would not be able to see without Him. It is out there, just beyond the horizon. Something similar is happening at the University of Hawaii, a school with an enrollment of 48,373 students.  This school is enormous, spread…

ELI’S GIFT

(1 Samuel 3:1-10) In 1963, a 21-year-old college student drove to Washington, D.C., to visit some friends.  He had a little free time, so he drove over to look at the Capitol Building.  He noticed a lot of people coming out of the Capitol, so he figured this would be a good time to go…

HOW MUCH IS YOUR BIBLE WORTH?

(Genesis 1:1-5) In the shadows of a history dating back more than a thousand years, Jewish scholars labored over what in the 10th century were already ancient scrolls.  Masorete scribes and Talmudic rabbis were beginning to realize that a standard text of the Scriptures would be a boon to theological discussion and research. Thus in A.D.…

SHAPED BY LOVE

(Luke 2:25-35) These hands shape things.  I learned the craft from my father.  His father did the same thing.  Bethlehem knows our pottery.  Most everyone in the village has something we shaped.  I put love into what I do; it is not simply a way to make a living.  When you have a piece of…