There Must Be Blood

Leviticus 4   Blood is a most interesting thing.  I find it particularly curious watching the reactions of children in this regard. Most often, when a child gets an injury, he or she will run to a parent or other adult and scream, through tears, “Is it bleeding?” You never know how they’ll take the answer.  Often, if the answer … Read More

A Meal Fit for a King

Luke 22:7-16   I’ve always liked Thursdays.  I’m not quite sure why, though I guess I could throw a few theories out there.  Mostly, I have really just loved Thursday evenings. Some of it may have had to do with the TV shows that were on those nights when I was growing up.  Tuning into NBC on Thursday evening was … Read More

The Living Among the Dead

Luke 24:1-8   I once took a large group of teenagers and adults on a mission trip to the south side of Chicago.  If you don’t know Chicago, the south side ain’t exactly the good side. (Driving church vans through downtown.) (Finding no easy access places to do something fun.) (Seeing the man drop a wad of cash.) (Meeting the … Read More

Lord, Save Us!

Psalm 118   Well, the time has finally come.  We have reached Easter week.  There’s a lot going on in the next seven days around here. To be sure, much of it is exciting.  Tonight’s service will definitely be a special one as some of our college students prepare to lead us in worship. The Easter Egg Hunt, coming up … Read More

Of Foxes and Hens

Luke 13:31-35   Sometimes in life, the most stern and determined people we know can also be the most tender and encouraging. Appearances can be deceiving, and—as I’m sure you’ve heard—we should never judge a book by its cover. But I think you’d agree with me that this is often the case.  There are several folks I think about at … Read More