Brevity

In our home garden, the flowers bloom in sequence. My beloved has planted a survey of lilies and peonies and chrysanthemums that mature...

Easter Says

The words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. What makes something unbelievable? What makes a story nonsense to...

The Other Side of Death

Do this, in remembrance of me. (Luke 22:13) It’s rare to find a person who fully accepts the fact of their own death. Most of us spend...

Mary and Judas

Gifts are complicated. They’re beautiful, they’re wonderful, but they do stir things up. An inheritance comes to a family, or a big...

Bound or Free?

Fiona Hill is a diplomat and a former US intelligence officer who focused on Russia and Ukraine. She’s been on a lot of news shows...

The Centurion's Servant

After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued...

War in Ukraine

We are witnessing a stunning and horrific assault on the people and nation of Ukraine, by Vladimir Putin and his allies. Here are some...

When Jesus Was Baptized

I had a professor in Seminary who had a pet peeve about which she was pretty adamant. If you ever referred to John the Baptist, she...

Christ child

The violinist Joshua Bell is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished musicians in the world. He’s held positions in the most...

Leaving Afghanistan

WATCH A VIDEO OF THIS MESSAGE HERE. Mark 13:1-2, 14-20 As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher,...

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday, Holy Thursday, I have a collection of favorite photos from when my kids were little. Brothers piloting a cardboard box....

Normal

Normal The constant refrain of 2020 has been the question, “When will things get back to normal?” This is the obvious question when you...

Not me. Us.

If you don’t know how to pray, Jesus wants to make it easy for you. Halfway through the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus lays it out real...

How To Know You Belong

There are many ways to find your place, to know you belong. Different tribes have different criteria. Sometimes you gotta be born in. ...

Silver Learnings, Part 4

Being Right vs Being Honest If you want someone to trust you, the most important thing is not being right all the time. The most...

Neighborliness, Even Now

The Table began with the idea that Christian faith is about movement along with four missional values: From greed toward generosity From...

Silver Learnings, Part 3

Silver Learnings part 3 Joseph Califano’s boss couldn’t get a hold of him. This was in the days before cell phones, and Califano wasn’t...

Good Friday

Good Friday Pastors always complain about how Good Friday gets short shrift in our culture. You start seeing Easter decorations and...

Guest, Host, Friend

By Pastor Rob Guest, Host, Friend Jesus was always a guest. He was a guest at Peter’s house when he helped his mother-in-law. He was Levi...