• “What Do We Do Now”

      For some reason, this passage has always amused me.  Jesus floats away like a balloon and his disciples stare as he disappears behind a cloud.  I picture them gazing into the clouds with their mouths hanging open, catching flies. Suddenly two “men in white robes” appear and ask an...

  • “Oysters and Pearls”

      This Sunday, we focus on a well-known and often used passage from the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  Paul begins his 5th chapter with a lot of talk about boasting. Strange choice of words, I think. We usually think of boasting as a first cousin to “pride,” which...

  • “Help”

    The Psalmist is in trouble. He’s crying out to help without hesitation or pride. He’s not saying, “I got this.” or “No worries, be happy.” He doesn’t clutch his Bible and confidently say, “Everything happens for a reason.” He’s worried. Worried!? He’s quaking in his boots; scared out of his...

  • “Green Pasture, Still Water, and Table”

    We are in the midst of a dark valley, at least  we think we are in the midst of it.  Only God knows.  We pray we’re at the midway point or beyond, but we don’t know. Parts of our country are “opening up,” in various ways and to mixed reviews. ...

  • “Heart Burn”

    I receive my mail at a post office box in Manchaca. It was close to my previous church and handy as I went back and forth between home and work. And it was easier to keep all of that in place after I retired. I went by the post office...

  • “Unless”

    It was a week after Easter, and the disciples of Jesus were awed, overjoyed, and blown away with the fact that they had seen their risen master. Almost giddy, they descended upon Thomas and told him what they had seen. Judas was gone, so that left 10 of them. Talk about peer pressure! “We...

  • Easter Sunday: Churchquake

    Happy Easter! In today’s sermon Pastor Jim examines Matthew’s account of the resurrection. Matthew is the only Gospel writer that mentions the earthquake. He describes it as violent. It was dark, just barely dawn, when women went to the tomb. Matthew calls them “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.” The earthquake...

  • Saturday, April 11, 2020

    Holy Saturday Today is a day of somber reflection. Despite the hunting of Easter eggs and the preparation of the Easter Lilies all happening at the church, we are reminded that while we look for what is to come, we’re not there yet. Jesus’ body was buried last night, before...

  • Friday, April 10, 2020

    Good Friday By: Dan Benedict The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, “Good Friday,” is not clear. It may be a corruption of the English phrase “God’s Friday,” according to Professor Laurence Hull Stookey in Calendar: Christ’s Time for the Church (p. 96). It is the common...

  • Thursday, April 9, 2020

    Holy Thursday Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel,...