Posts from April 2016

Posts from April 2016

SPIRITUAL TUCK-POINTING

A fair number of years ago we tuck-pointed our church building.  Expansion and contraction over the years amid the changing seasons had taken their toll, weakening the mortar between the bricks.  Without a total restoration of the mortar, things would have crumbled.  Bricks would have fallen out.  The building would have fallen apart. The same sort of thing can happen…

RUSH TO JUDGMENT

Between flights at an air terminal, a lady goes to a lounge, buys a small package of cookies and sits down on a bench to read the paper. Soon she hears a rustling noise next to her.  Glancing sidewise from behind her newspaper she is flabbergasted to see a neatly dressed man helping himself to her cookies. Not wanting to make a scene, she ignores him and leans over to…

“An Ever-Fixèd Mark”

Flip on the radio.  Surf the stations.  What are you likely to hear?  Love songs.  Songs of new love, romantic love, puppy love, spurned love.   At some wedding receptions, anyone who wants the bride and groom to kiss has to sing a song with the word “love” in it.  Almost always someone sings:  “I’d love to be an Oscar Mayer wiener…”     Sit in a high school literature…

BACKWARD BLESSINGS?

In our recent Lenten and Easter sermon series we focused on “the Beatitudes” in Matthew’s Gospel.  As we resume our study of Luke’s Gospel, we find a very similar sermon but in somewhat varied and briefer form. Surely Jesus must have preached “the Beatitudes” and other portions of the Sermon on the Mount more than once during His earthly ministry, as any preacher or…