Monthly Archives: February 2018

I Corinthians 1:18-25

I Corinthians 1:18-25   In today’s reading we come across an interesting comparison between the foolishness of God and the wisdom of the wise. At first glance the reading might appear to be anti-intellectual, suggesting the destruction of the wise and prudent. On closer reflection,… Continue reading




Exodus 20: 1-17

Exodus 20: 1-17 On the journey of Lent, a season in the life of the church when the focus is on reflection and sacrifice, we visit a reading that occasions a pause for many–the 10 Commandments. The idea of being commanded to do anything is… Continue reading




“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,”

“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,” ELW 327, Verse 1 Through the night of doubt and sorrow, onward goes the pilgrim band, singing songs of expectation, marching to the promised land. Clear before us through the darkness gleams and burns the guiding light; pilgrim… Continue reading




”Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,”

“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,” ELW 327, Verse 1 Through the night of doubt and sorrow, onward goes the pilgrim band, singing songs of expectation, marching to the promised land. Clear before us through the darkness gleams and burns the guiding light; pilgrim… Continue reading




Mark 8:31-38

Mark 8:31-38   Like Peter the rock, we are made uncomfortable by Jesus’ call: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” In a world where the “self” has become, arguably, an idol of… Continue reading




Romans 4:13-25

Romans 4:13-25   When we say something is “too good to be true,” we are expressing skepticism about an offer. When I get a postcard in the mail that promises that I “may have already won” something big, I tell my children that it is… Continue reading




Psalm 22:23-31

Psalm 22:23-31   The last half of Psalm 22 reads like a “Hallelujah Chorus” of praise. The psalmist calls on everyone to praise God, from the “great congregation” to “future generations.” It is striking, then, that the psalm begins on a very different note: “My… Continue reading




Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16   In the Bible, when someone’s name is changed, it marks a change in their life story, usually instigated by an encounter with God. After wrestling with God, Jacob becomes Israel (Gen 32). After encountering Jesus, Saul becomes Paul (Acts 9). In… Continue reading




“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,”

“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,” ELW 327 Through the night of doubt and sorrow, onward goes the pilgrim band, singing songs of expectation, marching to the promised land. Clear before us through the darkness gleams and burns the guiding light; pilgrim clasps the… Continue reading




“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,”

“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,” ELW 327 Through the night of doubt and sorrow, onward goes the pilgrim band, singing songs of expectation, marching to the promised land. Clear before us through the darkness gleams and burns the guiding light; pilgrim clasps the… Continue reading