Messages & Audio Teachings

Tight: As close as underwear

Tight: As close as underwear

As we continue our study of the Book of Jeremiah, this week's lesson challenges us with a couple of powerful metaphors — pottery and underwear. Jeremiah has his hands full. His job is to warn the people that they need to make some profound and challenging changes in...

First: Letting go of fakes

First: Letting go of fakes

So far, 2021 seems to be a continuation of last year. While this may ordinarily be the case, it is not what I hoped would happen. The attack on our capital is undoubtedly a low point for our nation. An uglier reality is that our out-going president inspired and...

(hand)picked: Giving in to God’s plan

(hand)picked: Giving in to God’s plan

I suspect that most of us have a story or two about a time when we weren’t picked to be part of a group that we really wanted to join. For a lot of us we didn’t get picked to be on a team, or we got picked last when it came to picking sides. For others, we didn’t get...

Forever Yours: Coming December 27

Forever Yours: Coming December 27

It's time to pack up our decorations, put away the Nativity set, recycle the Christmas cards, and store or discard our Christmas trees. Christmas is over, and the New Year is right around the corner. Not so fast. Christmas isn't the end of a story about a birth....

Brighter: The Light of the world

Brighter: The Light of the world

A favorite tradition for Christmas Eve is to sing together by candlelight. Whether holding an actual candle, or one powered by a battery or enjoying burning candles from a safe distance, the soft glow of candlelight creates a reflective mood. Each year I look forward...

Hope in an unstable world: Coming January 3

Hope in an unstable world: Coming January 3

There are many ways of characterizing the year 2020, but the word stability doesn't belong in the final cut. The words uncertainty and unstable are more accurate choices. Another word that kept trying to emerge, like the sun peeking through a cloudy and rainy day, was...

Good company: A stranger on the bus

Good company: A stranger on the bus

Joan Elizabeth Osborne is an American singer, songwriter from a suburb just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. Born in 1962, Joan is best known for a song she recorded written by songwriter Eric Bazilian titled "One of Us" from her album, Relish, released in 1995. The...

Lifesaver: Good news for all

Lifesaver: Good news for all

Analyzing what is behind the deep ideological divisions in our country is keeping researchers busy. In particular, the threats of violent responses from persons claiming to be justified in their anger. At no point in our history has a presidential election been so...

Kings and Presidents: Anointed

Kings and Presidents: Anointed

Just under 160 Million people voted in this past presidential election. In fact, more of us voted in the last election than any election in history. This is twenty million more voters than the previous record. And people showed up to vote despite the risk of a...