Wounds in the Body of Christ

Eendracht maakt Macht These words adorn the banner at the bottom of the crest of the Reformed Church in America. Often the translation into English is, “Unity makes strength” but, as I understand it, a better translation is “Concord makes strength” — a pulling together like a team of horses. *** The Christian church todayContinue reading “Wounds in the Body of Christ”

Hump Day Hymns: Christian, Dost Thou See Them

Christian, dost thou see them On the holy ground, How the powers of darkness Rage thy steps around? Christian, up and smite them, Counting gain but loss, In the strength that cometh By the holy cross. Christian, dost thou feel them, How they work within, Striving, tempting, luring, Goading into sin? Christian, never tremble; NeverContinue reading “Hump Day Hymns: Christian, Dost Thou See Them”

Life on a State Highway

My sermon from this past Sunday. The text was Romans 5:1-5 Paul was spending three winter months in Corinth. He has already been around the Mediterranean world a couple of times on missionary journeys, telling people about the good news of Jesus, starting churches for these new followers of Jesus. During these journeys he wouldContinue reading “Life on a State Highway”

Hump Day Hymns: O Thou from whom all goodness flows

O Thou from whom all goodness flows, I lift my heart to Thee; In all my sorrows, conflicts, woes, O Lord, remember me. When with a broken, contrite heart, I lift mine eyes to Thee; Thy name proclaim, Thyself impart, In love remember me. In sore temptations, when no way To shun the ill IContinue reading “Hump Day Hymns: O Thou from whom all goodness flows”

Hump Day Hymns: Father, whate’er of earthly bliss

Father, whate’er of earthly bliss Thy sov’reign hand denies, Accepted at Thy throne of grace, Let this petition rise. Give me a calm, a thankful heart From every murmur free; The blessings of Thy grace impart, And let me live to Thee. Let the sweet hope that Thou art mine My path of life attend;Continue reading “Hump Day Hymns: Father, whate’er of earthly bliss”

Advent in Tension

Many of my parishioners walk to church, as most of my congregation does not own a car for financial reasons. One of these was walking the two blocks from her home to church. In that short distance she was struck by a car and died as a result of the impact. All of this whileContinue reading “Advent in Tension”

this building is a mess

At 8:30pm standing over a flooding floor drain with a wet/dry vacuum trying to control the incessant water is not how I typically picture spending my one day off. However, this is exactly how I spent four and one half hours of my day off: sucking up water, and emptying the bucket. The only redeemingContinue reading “this building is a mess”

Hump-Day Hymns: For All the Saints Who from Their Labors Rest

For all the saints who from their labors rest, Who Thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia! Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress, and their Might; Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight; Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light. Alleluia! Alleluia! OContinue reading “Hump-Day Hymns: For All the Saints Who from Their Labors Rest”

A Cross in my Hand

I have a cross which is designed to be held in one’s hand. It was given to me when I was installed as pastor and teacher at my church. It has rounded corners and it is smooth to the touch.  It is unfinished and it is designed to absorb the oils from hands over time.Continue reading “A Cross in my Hand”