November 5, 2017

Reading Ephesians 4: 30-32 (NRSV) Paul instructs the church in Ephesus in the "don'ts" and "DOs" of behavior as Christians. Don't: grieve the Holy Spirit; or retain bitterness, wrath, anger, wrangling, slander, or malice. Do: be kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God has forgiven you. Perhaps the "don't" and "do" instructions are related. It … Continue reading November 5, 2017


November 29, 2015

Reading Romans 5:1-5 (NRSV) People who are applying for a new job or a place in an educational program need to tell the organization about themselves. They need to say what they can do, and what they can contribute. Applicants need to boast a little. We have heard examples of this kind of talk from … Continue reading November 29, 2015

November 10, 2013

Reading Psalm 98; 1 Corinthians 3:4-11 (NRSV) In today’s reading, Paul admonishes the Corinthians for arguing about divided loyalties. Some claim Apollos as the one that brought them to the church; others claim Paul. In separating themselves from each other along these lines, the Corinthians have forgotten that Jesus is the foundation. God grows and … Continue reading November 10, 2013