Vashti the Resister and Haman the Greedy

God the Merciful and Lamech the Arrogant

Singing from a Cell

The Terrifying Experience of Meeting Jesus

Delighting in the Human Race

The Scriptures are filled with creation stories, each of which is a hymn of praise to the God whose beauty we experience with our inner and outer sense. Proverbs 8 is a beautiful creation story told by “Wisdom,” a young child who delights in God’s creative work – especially in humanity. 

What “Does” It Mean

When the Spirit comes on the Day of Pentecost, the enmity and confusion of different languages and different cultures is transformed into a beautiful mosaic of unity in differences. 

Down by the River: Part 2

On the way to the river again, Paul and his friends encounter a young girl with a “Pythian Spirit.” It is an encounter between the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a religious world far different than what the church ever encountered back in Israel. The church is dislocated and relocated outside of its familiar boundaries. 

Down to the River to Pray

When the Apostle Paul and his companions go down to a river, “where they supposed there was a place of prayer,” they encounter a merchant named Lydia who responds to their gospel by opening up her home to them. This story can instruct us in several ways that God can be at work in us, taking our experience of grace and communicating it for others.

Boundaries and Perspectives

Simon Peter’s account of his visit to the house of Cornelius is a story about crossing boundaries and differing perspectives. SueJeanne Koh-Parsons and I try to capture the spirit of this story through a dialogue sermon. 

The Easter Church: Saint Dorcas

Since Simon Peter is instrumental in raising Dorcas from death, it is easy to see this story as another “hero of the faith” story about Peter. If we see it is a story about Tabitha, it opens up a way of seeing “the sainthood of all believers,” and not just the sainthood of the well-known heroes.