Posts from May 2017

“What Will Your Verse Be?” Luke 22:24-30

I am intrigued that the official name of a graduation ceremony is “Commencement.”  The word “commence” means “to begin,” but we attend these ceremonies with our eyes on the rear view mirror, noting the accomplishment of receiving a diploma.  For our high school graduates, directly in front of you is a door through which you pass when reaching the milestone of completing a thirteen-year dream.  As you go through it, you are exiting one episode of life and entering another.  You will continue to walk through doorways for the rest of your life.

“Pocket Full of Rocks” I Corinthians 13:4-7 Parent-Child-Church Dedication Service for Gunnar Ivester

Questions that begin with the word “why” are often heard in families with children.  Parents wonder why kids do things; children ask why as a means of understanding.

A mother was showing her son how to zip up his coat. “The secret,” she said, “is to get the left part of the zipper to fit in the other side before you try to zip it up.”

The boy looked at her quizzically… “Why does it have to be a secret?”

“Minding Our Own Business” John 20:19-25

This has been a tough week for many in our community.  Many have been affected by the deaths of teenagers Michael Rhodes and Brittany Smith.  The death of my Uncle Buddy Coile was anticipated, but his absence leaves sadness for those who remain.  While we grieve, we do so as people with hope, and we can have that hope because of Easter.  We have been to the empty tomb.  We have heard the glad news of resurrection.  The First Century disciples also were aware of the empty tomb; some saw it.  They all had heard the glad news of resurrection, yet our passage this morning indicates that they sat sequestered in fear of what the future might bring.  As we examine the disciples in our passage today, I think we will find some words for us too.