Prepare the Soil; Wait for Sunshine

Isaiah 55:1-9, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 Micah Bales One of the biggest reasons that people reject religious faith is this simple question: “Why would a loving God allow terrible things happen to good people?” It’s a tough question to answer. Maybe an impossible one. Yet from the beginning of recorded history, people have been…

REFLECTIONS ON PARIS

Matthew 23:23-36 Jesse Winter When I was asked to preach today, Nate wanted me to talk about mass incarceration. Criminal justice reform is a major focus of my work in the Office of Public Witness, and over the past few months I have learned how complex that issue is. It involves everything from politics, money,…

SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

Ephesians 4:1-16 Jeff Davidson (note – BVS refers to Brethren Volunteer Service, a program where volunteers serve in a variety of assignments around the world for 1-2 years.  In today’s service a BVS orientation unit and a Senior High work camp were in attendance.) For those of you who don’t know me, I work at…

The Unity of the Church, the Manifestation of Glory

Nate and Jenn Hosler – The Unity of the Church, the Manifestation of Glory (John 17:20-23)             As all of you know, our current Congress is certainly dysfunctional.  The two parties do not get along.  Many on each side do not like some on the other side (or even those in their own party). Senators…