Text: Mark 9:1-9
2 Peter 1:12-21
How many of you remember a film released almost thirty-five years ago called “The Shining?” It was a psychological and atmospheric spooky movie based on the 1977 Stephen King novel of the same title, and featured tour-de-force performances by Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall.
"People Who Need People"
Text: 2 Timothy 4:9-22
How are you at asking for or accepting help? Some of us are better at it than others. I tend to be one of those persons who would rather deal with a problem myself than trouble anyone else with it. I couldn’t begin to recall all the times when someone has offered me help in one way or another, and my response has been:
"The Unanswered Why"
Text: Lamentations 5:1-22
Why does God allow it? Massacres in public schools. Wars which wipe out populations of innocent people. Weather events which wipe out communities. Diseases which rob life. A few weeks ago, the story came out of Germantown, Maryland where a mother stabbed her four young children, two of them fatally.
"One of A Kind"
Text: Acts 9:36-43
Have you ever heard the name Dan Hurley? He’s a street performer who’s become quite well-known on the downtown streets of Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and other American cities. His attire certainly helps him stand out – his signature yellow fedora hat, silk butterfly bow tie, yellow blazer, and two-tone saddle shoes.
"What If We Were Convinced?"
Text: Luke 5:1-11
The story seems straightforward enough. Leading up to this morning’s episode, Jesus has begun to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the people of Capernaum. He’s defined the liberating character of the Kingdom by exorcising a demon from a man and by healing Peter’s mother-in-law from the ravages of a high fever.
"Out With the Old, In With the New"
Text: 1 Peter 2:1-5
I begin by wishing you all a slightly belated happy new year, now five days deep into 2014. I trust that you enjoyed your New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations, in whatever manner you chose to celebrate. The people of the Italian village of Sulmone, from where come my paternal family roots, have a unique, albeit odd, way of ushering in the new year.