"The City of God"
Text: Revelation 21:1-5a
Most of us consider ourselves one of three types of people. Please raise your hand if you consider yourself a country person? Now raise your hand if you consider yourself a suburbanite. Finally, who of us would call ourselves city folk? I am clearly in that third category. I recall the thrill of my Aunt Eleanor and I catching the 21C bus at 5th Avenue and School Street in my home- town of Coraopolis when I was a youngster, and the twenty minute ride into the heart of down town Pittsburgh. In fact, I can clearly remember how my heart would beat faster with excitement as the bridges and skyscrapers came into view.
Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Those of us who are dyed-in-the-wool Beatles fans may remember an obscure song recorded on the Magical Mystery Tour LP (actually the soundtrack for a 1967 Beatle’s film of the same title). The name of the song is “Baby, You’re a Rich Man.” Here is an excerpt from Lennon and McCartney’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics:
"That's So God!"
Text: Jeremiah 31:7-14
If we share living quarters with someone – our spouse, our children, our parents, a friend – we learn soon enough how quirky their habits and tendencies can be. And some of those habits and tendencies can make us half crazy. Ask my wife.
"Like A Child"
Text: Luke 18:15-17
Just a few days ago, I turned over what I like to call “61,000 miles.” Many of you sitting here whose odometers have turned over 70,000 or 80,000 miles may be thinking to yourselves, “If only I could roll back to 61,000.”
"There Is Still One Thing Lacking"
Text: Luke 18:18-27
Many years ago, I was leading an adult Bible study on the Gospel of Luke. One of the members of the class was highly offended by the passage we just read. With eyes blazing, he stood up and said,
"Dead End Quest"
Text: John 6:51-60
When Christian folk are asked to identify their favorite of the four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – most will choose the fourth. John is unique among the gospel accounts in that across its twenty-one chapters, it provides more information about Jesus’ identity than the other three gospels combined.
Text: Luke 2:8-14
What are some of the things in life which fill you with happiness? The smiling and cooing of a little baby, especially when he or she is your child or grandchild. A word or gesture from your employer letting you know that you’ve done a good job. News from the doctor that the tests all came back negative, or that the disease is in full remission. Word that a loved one is safely returning from military service overseas. A compliment from your spouse that you’re looking good.