THE GROUP MIND

(1 Corinthians 12:1-11) An aircraft carrier called Palau was speeding toward San Diego Harbor when its engines failed.  Quick action was needed to avert disaster.  But no one person had the key to stopping the runaway ship. Fortunately, the captain, navigator, quartermaster chief and navigation team pooled their brawn and their brains to come up…

IN GOOD COMPANY

(Isaiah 43:1-7) This Sunday we mark the Baptism of the Lord.  To many of us, it’s one of the more obscure Christian festivals.  But it’s one that has, from the earliest days, been central to the church’s tradition.  Eastern Orthodox churches remember this episode from Jesus’ life on the day of Epiphany, and Roman Catholic…

OUR MORAL COMPASS

(Ephesians 1:3-14) All sorts of bad things can happen when you’re without navigational equipment.  You might not realize how much you rely on a compass or a GPS signal – until you find yourself in Kansas City, Mo., instead of Denver, Colo. (This actually happened, in case you’re wondering.) Mokoluaniu, a blogger on a drone…

THE UNUSED GIFT (CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE)

(Titus 2:11-14) There’s nothing like a little Christmas morning chaos.  Seeing children bound down the stairs wide-eyed at the colorfully wrapped presents under the tree is something to which every parent looks forward (coffee in hand at that early hour, of course).  There’s the inevitable flurry of wrapping paper flying in all directions, the squeals…

QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS

(John 18:33-37) If you’re a parent, then you know all about being peppered with questions, especially when the kids are little. Some little tykes want to know where the moon goes in the morning, or how God made them.  One child wanted to know if his mom had to stay indoors when she was little…