Messages & Audio Teachings

Holy water: Woven by water and Spirit

Holy water: Woven by water and Spirit

What makes water holy? Some believe that words from an ancient ritual in preparation for baptism said by clergy cause water to be holy. Some say that water is holy when it is infused with God’s Spirit. When I wash my hands several times each day to avoid spreading or...

Loose threads: Holding together during panic

Loose threads: Holding together during panic

All norms are now abnormal when it comes to worship. No greeters standing at the door. At least not physically. Hmmm? Should we have greeters for a webinar? Greeters for the Facebook live portion? Someone to say, “Hi. Welcome. My name is …” when folks join the...

Hyper-unraveling: Won’t you be my neighbor?

Hyper-unraveling: Won’t you be my neighbor?

I am sure that I am not the only one that is turning to scripture for comfort during this time of pandemic responses. This morning, my search took me immediately to Psalm 77, which begins with, “My voice goes up to God, and I will cry out.” This is our “go-to” for...

Connecting People: Making the best of social distancing

Connecting People: Making the best of social distancing

I read an article this morning in the New York Times with the headline, A Sunday without Church: In Crisis, a Nations Asks, ‘What is Community?’ Great question. Is it possible to be in community and still adhere to social distancing? At Asbury, we have been talking...

Divine encounter: Just what you don’t expect

Divine encounter: Just what you don’t expect

It was a summer day in Sychar. The women in the village made their daily trips to the public well early when the temperatures are cooler. Mornings around the well were as much a social club as a place to fill water jugs. The well was dug by ancestors of some of the...

Camping: The tent of the Lord’s presence

Camping: The tent of the Lord’s presence

Have you ever gone camping? It's been a long time for me. I suspect that the thrill of sleeping on the ground under the protection of fabric, no matter how waterproof, starts to dwindle after a certain age. Camping is a tame way for us to have an adventure, among...

Treading Water: Do fish know they’re wet?

Treading Water: Do fish know they’re wet?

Does a fish, living in a fish bowl, realize that there is a world just outside where creatures take in oxygen straight from the air? A place, inhospitable to a creature with gills, custom made to extract oxygen from water? The fish knows only the water around it and...

Pastor’s Book Club News

Pastor’s Book Club News

We chose to recast the Daniel Plan as a set of tools within a larger framework that we are calling Life raft. When I tell people about the Daniel Plan their mind jumps straight to dieting. Worse, they imagine a diet of vegetables, or worse, they imagine a vegan diet....

How to have more courage: The way of courage

How to have more courage: The way of courage

We end our three-week, mini-series, that began with Jesus telling us to love our enemies, with the way of courage. And this week we focus on life-or-death sorts of enemies. Are we really supposed to love them too? During the first century, the Jewish people were...