Posts from April 2017

“How Do We Love Jesus?” John 21:15-17

On Easter Sunday night and the following Sunday night, Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room.  After the appearance to Thomas on the week after Easter, it seemed that the disciples went back to business as usual.   Jesus’ appearance to them had confirmed the resurrection, yet they went back to what they knew how to do.  They went fishing.

“Playin’ ‘Possum” Matthew 28:1-10 Easter Sunday

Raise your hand if you are acquainted with the idea of “playin’ ‘possum?”  When I was a kid, occasionally my mom would ask me to do something, and if I didn’t want to do it, I would pretend to be asleep.  Or if I wanted to play a joke or prank on someone when they entered the room, I would pretend to be asleep and then startle them when they didn’t expect it.  This somewhat deceptive behavior is called “playin’ ‘possum.”  Essentially a person acts like they are asleep when they are actually awake.

“Works in Progress” Matthew 26:26-35 Maundy Thursday

This Sanctuary was constructed in 1858, and it certainly has had a few upgrades over the past 159 years.  The bricks were baked in the sun on a nearby plantation owned by John Byne Walker; each of the bricks have a stamp of JBW on the inside.  Because they were sunbaked rather than kiln-baked, the bricks have to be sealed periodically, otherwise they serve as sponges soaking up water which then permeates the inside plaster walls.  We had the bricks sealed last summer, and now we are in process of redoing and painting some interior plaster walls.  The upkeep of our aging, beautiful historic facility is a work in progress.

“Called to Carry Jesus” Matthew 21:1-11

It was Palm Sunday, and Jesus was coming into Jerusalem.  He was riding on a blazing white stallion and kicking up a cloud of dust as he rode along.  He was looking for troublemakers.  The people that he passed on his way were in awe of such a beautiful animal, but they were even more awestruck by the man who was riding it.  As Jesus passed by, you could hear the people say, “Who was that masked man?”