ARE WE THERE YET?

Matthew 1:18-25 & Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Micah Bales It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas. As an American, I have a stereotyped vision of what Christmas ought to look like. It’s a cold, dark, wintry time. We’re bundled up, rushing from our warm houses to gathering places like this one, and back to our…

There is a Spirit Which I Feel: The Cloud of Witnesses

Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49 ­ Micah Bales This passage from Hebrews that we just heard: It’s got to be one of the most frequently referenced parts of the Bible. I’ve heard it preached from the pulpit many times. It’s been the theme Scripture for church conferences and events. And it’s been the subtext for so…

CHOOSING A NAME

Isaiah 62:1-5 Jeff Davidson I remember when we got our first dog when I was growing up. I don’t remember how old I was, but I know it was before first grade. I remember getting in the car and driving down to Dayton where my father knew someone who had dachshund puppies. Dad went inside…

RUTH THE FARMWORKER

Ruth 2:1-13 Katie Furrow This weekend marks the celebration of Labor Day. Admittedly, until just recently, I had no real knowledge on what the purpose of Labor Day is or why we celebrate it, so, like any good Millennial, I went to the Internet: According to the US Department of Labor, Labor Day “is a…

Waiting for the Bulb to Flower

Waiting for the Bulb to Flower Jennifer Hosler Deut. 30:15-20; Ps. 119: 1-8; 1 Cor. 3:1-9 Last Sunday was a big step for us as a congregation. While we had made the decision to proceed with the new ministry model at the end of July, this was, finally, its official implementation. As we all know,…