Showing posts from July, 2015

God's Grace: More Powerful Than Our Sin

During this summer we have explored the life of David. We studied some of his most significant victories, from the defeat of Goliath to becoming the King of Israel, to establishing Jerusalem as not just the capital of a country but a religious center, ultimately not only for Judaism, but for Christianity and Islam as well. But even the greatest of individuals fall—and sometimes it is the most painful for us when our heroes, not the everyday, average folk like you and me, but the greatest of us, gives in to sin. Over the next three Sundays we will explore David’s downfall. The one who defeated a giant will succumb to his own weakness. To his credit, unlike his predecessor Saul, David does not lose his faith in God. After all, he will always be remembered as the one who lived after God’s own heart. It would be easy for the historians of the Bible to “accidentally” forget the shortcomings of one of their favorite heroes. To their credit 1 and 2 Samuel, which tells the stories of Samuel,…

People Will Come

This sermon was delivered at Custer Road today as part of the "At the Movies" series. Many thanks to Paige Christian for preaching at Lectio and to Rev Sharon O'Connor for serving as liturgist and communion celebrant. I'll be back in the Chapel next Sunday at 9:00.

Field of Dreams came out about a month before I graduated from high school, in 1989. It’s not the greatest baseball movie; in fact it’s not even my favorite baseball movie starring Kevin Costner (hello, Bull Durham). But it’s a movie close to my heart because it evokes a strong sense of nostalgia for the game. If you haven’t seen the movie, or you’ve forgotten it, here’s a quick summary. Ray Kinsella is a corn farmer in Iowa. One night he hears a mysterious voice in his cornfield: “If you build it, he will come.” Who will come? If you build what? No response. After some discernment Ray figures out the puzzle: If he builds it—a baseball diamond in his cornfield—he—Shoeless Joe Jackson—will come. He has a love…