Jesus, Savior

          In Pastor Jessica’s excellent message yesterday, she made it clear that salvation has more than one meaning in the Bible.  We 21st century Christians almost always use the word to describe spiritual salvation, by which we mean being saved from our sins and their consequences.  But it is a much fuller, richer, and more complex idea than just that.

Let’s Hear It For the Lambs!

      Sunday, I talked about two titles for Jesus that seem to point in opposite directions: Lion of Judah and Lamb of God.  In fact, they are flip sides of the same coin, representing the hard as well as the soft sides of God’s love for each of us.  I talked about how much we tend to prefer Lion-like leaders today, but that many of the key aspects of Jesus draw on his role as Lamb of God.  Here’s a few paragraphs that I didn’t have time to include Sunday:

I Just Wish It Were Obvious

         It really is frustrating that understanding the Bible as it demands to be understood takes so much on our part.  It’s not that we’re lazy, it’s just that we think it ought to say what it means and mean what it says.  We begin to resent the word, interpretation in all its forms because of it.

Archived Posts

The Good Ship Savior:  A Parable

A long, long time ago there were frequent shipwrecks up and down the East coast of this country.  The coastline wasn’t entirely mapped and charted and there were uncertainties regarding the strange and unpredictable weather.  Even though there were established cities and commerce, there seemed to always be one tragedy or another happening somewhere not too far out to sea.

The End of the Jacob Series
    What I find most comforting about the biblical person of Jacob is that though Jacob makes great strides in his faith and wisdom, he never quite gets all the way there. 

Professor Laban

    God lets Jacob learn through the School of Hard Knocks.  Professor Laban is an excellent teacher if you want to learn first-hand how unfair life can be when you live among amoral and self-centered people.  Jacob learned some important lessons about himself as well...

Understanding God's Unconditional Love
       Sunday, I talked about how Jacob was someone who couldn’t take "Yes" for an answer.  The question that came out of that observation, which we didn’t have time to talk about it in the sermon, is this: Why do we insist on earning and deserving what is freely given us?

POEM: "Easter is Judgment Day" 

   I love poetry, but I often find it more difficult to understand than simple prose.  It took me a long time to realize that poetry is supposed to call for an entirely different way of seeing and hearing.