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The Sound of Peace - December 1, 2013

Isaiah 2:1-5
Matthew 24:36-44

A hundred years ago the sound of metal banging on metal was likely a familiar sound in most communities as blacksmiths forged tools and mended wheel rims. Today we are more likely to hear pneumatic drills and the roar of engines. They can be loud and shrill, sometimes annoying, sometimes irritating. Metal on metal might well have had the same effect on peoples of an earlier day, yet as it comes to us across the ages in our reading today from the prophet Isaiah it is the sound of peace. Isaiah's vision is shared by the prophet Micah: "They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." Metal banging on metal is the sound of peace as weapons are turned into farm tools.

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The Power of Trust - November 24, 2013

Jeremiah 23:1-6

It was the first time the boss had come to dinner. The youngest child stared silently at him most of the evening. She watched as he became louder and more domineering and arrogant the more he felt at home. Finally the boss spoke, "Why do you keep looking at me like that?" The child answered, "My Daddy says you are a self-made man." The boss beamed and admitted it was so. The child then asked, "Well, if you are a self-made man, why did you make yourself like that?"

Read more: The Power of Trust - November 24, 2013

Defining Eschatology - November 17, 2013

Isaiah 65:17-25
Luke 21:5-19

Early in my first term of seminary a professor used a big word I didn't understand. I don't recall now who it was that raised a hand to ask, "What does eschatology mean?" I do recall feeling grateful for that student's courage and relieved that I was not the only confused person. Eschatology is the study of the end times, not to be confused with scatology which is the study of animal droppings.
Eschatology, or the end times, comes up a lot in the Bible. There are some Christians who would just as soon ignore it completely. There are others who are fascinated with it. Even the Bible itself has mixed understandings of eschatology. Honestly, I'm one of those would easily ignore it – and the Bible will not let me. Today we are going to look at two texts which have very different eschatologies, or understandings of the end times. 

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Getting Even with the Ocean - November 10, 2013

Haggai 1:15b-2:9
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5,12-17

Charlie Brown’s little sister Sally is playing on the beach.  She forms a sand castle with multiple turrets and a tunnel.  Suddenly she looks up and then runs as a big wave crashes ashore.  After it has receded she goes back to the site of her sand castle. There is nothing left.  It has totally washed away.  She walks back to the blanket where Charlie Brown is reading.  After she sits next to him for a moment, she asks, “How do you get even with an ocean?”

          Sometimes life comes at us like an ocean over a child’s sand castle.  On December 26, 2004 a tsunami struck Indonesia and other parts of south Asia, destroying villages and washing people out to sea.  In the end it killed almost 300,000 people.  The devastation is beyond my ability to comprehend.  How do you get even with an ocean?

Read more: Getting Even with the Ocean - November 10, 2013

The Company of Heaven - November 3, 2013

Ephesians 1:11-23

A young pastor served a small and sometimes contentious congregation.  One day the congregation was so small that he wondered whether they should even bother serving Holy Communion.  In the end he decided to go ahead.  As he proceeded with The Great Thanksgiving, he came to the line which says, “Therefore, with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name.”  He read it again, “With angels and archangels and all the company of heaven.”  He stopped and said, “God, forgive me.  I did not realize I was in such company.”

Read more: The Company of Heaven - November 3, 2013

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