Pastors' Blog

Feb 02, 2017 - Kate Baker-Carr

On Sunday, we will continue to explore the Sermon on the Mount, focusing on Matthew 5:13-20. The text concludes with the bold proclamation “…unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”These words anchor us firmly in the Sermon on the Mount and the entire Gospel according to Matthew.

So too, the precise ways Jesus instructs his followers to embody...

Jan 26, 2017 - Kent French

When I am courageous enough to open the news these days, I wake up to a whole lot of foolishness going on. At multiple levels. Some of it is a particularly pernicious brand of foolishness. This is not especially new in the way of the world, it just seems extra-concentrated right now.

I’m searching for a deeper wisdom.

The apostle Paul gives us this intriguing idea in his letter to the people in Corinth: “God...

Jan 20, 2017 - Lindsey Franklin

We hear a lot these days about the importance of unity: unity after a divisive political season, unity around particular causes or within our communities. In our scripture reading for this week, from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, (1 Corinthians 1:10-18) Paul calls for the quarreling Corinthians to “be united in the same mind and purpose.”

Yet, quarrels and divisions often happen because of deep differences between...