Faith, Hope, and Money (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany. We're in the midst of our Stewardship Campaign, and today's theme was "Giving to God of our Income Changes Everything." The theme scripture reading was 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.  There was once a couple, Alex and Morgan. In their … Continue reading Faith, Hope, and Money (Sermon)

Forty-One

I haven't written a blog post about myself at a particular age in a while, and I'm running out of time to do so. We're getting very close to my current age, so I thought I'd better throw another one of those in before it's too late. (That, and I also couldn't come up with anything … Continue reading Forty-One

Forty

Forty is a very important number in the Bible. During the flood, the rain fell for forty days and forty nights. The Israelites walked from Egypt to the promised land. It took them forty years. Moses was "with the Lord" on Mt. Sinai for forty days and forty nights while he awaited the Ten Commandments. Goliath challenged the Israelites for forty days … Continue reading Forty

Thirty-Nine

Hebrew law, according to Deuteronomy 25:1-3, allowed for flogging as a punishment for a crime. However, the number of lashes allowed in a flogging were to be no more than forty. "If more than that is given, your fellow Israelite would be completely disgraced in your eyes" (Deuteronomy 25:3, Common English Bible). Because forty was … Continue reading Thirty-Nine

Thirty-Eight

The world can be mapped with lines. Longitude lines run north-south, through both the North Pole and South Pole. Latitude lines run east-west, in concentric circles around the globe. Unlike longitude lines, latitude lines never cross one another. Therefore, they are sometimes called "parallels." Some paralells are well-known for one reason or another. There are … Continue reading Thirty-Eight

Thirty-Seven

ARTHUR: Old woman! DENNIS: Man! ARTHUR: Man. Sorry. What knight lives in that castle over there? DENNIS: I'm thirty-seven. ARTHUR: I-- what? DENNIS: I'm thirty-seven. I'm not old. ARTHUR: Well, I can't just call you 'Man'. DENNIS: Well, you could say 'Dennis'. The lines above are the fantastic beginning to a fantastic scene in a … Continue reading Thirty-Seven

Thirty-Six

A few years ago, the New York Times published an article entitled The 36 Questions that Lead to Love. Based on the work of psychologist Arthur Aron, these questions are designed to foster intimacy in an organic, yet swift, way. The idea is to carve out some time with someone, perhaps someone you know only a little … Continue reading Thirty-Six