SOTM: the Beatitudes

Yesterday at Morgantown Community Church we began a journey through the Sermon on the Mount [Matthew 5-7] that will span six months and four different series. Our first series is an exploration of the 'Beatitudes', or as Frederick Dale Bruner calls them, "Jesus’ surprisingly countercultural God-bless-yous to the people in God-awful situations.”  There is so … Continue reading SOTM: the Beatitudes

Jesus behind barbed-wire…

In Luke chapter 8 the writer tells the story of a woman who had an illness that caused  her to bleed; she had been sick for twelve years. This was not simply an issue of her physical health. Her bleeding made her ceremonially unclean in the eyes of her community. Anything--or anyone--she came in contact … Continue reading Jesus behind barbed-wire…

Our ever-expanding rights…

One of the resources I am using for the series I am doing at Morgantown Community Church, on the 'Seven Deadly Sins', is a book called Sinning Like a Christian by Will Willimon. This week I am preparing to talk about Greed and found a short section of his chapter dealing with this topic too good, maybe … Continue reading Our ever-expanding rights…

the exile of envy…

In his book, Seven, author Jeff Cook describes envy as exile. He traces the envy the Israelites had for other nations and the dramatic effects it had on their lives. In 1 Samuel, the Israelites reject God as king in favor of a human one, so they could be like all the other nations. Cook says, … Continue reading the exile of envy…

Distortions of love…

Yesterday I quoted from William Willimon's book Sinning Like a Christian, in which he works through the Seven Deadly Sins. This book is  full of so many helpful insights that I had to share just one more with you today. Willimon says: "The Seven, said the medieval theologians, are radical distortions of love. If that is true, … Continue reading Distortions of love…

Pride is a virtue?

This year for Lent I am teaching through the 'seven deadly sins' at Morgantown Community Church. Yesterday, I talked about the sin that is often called 'the root' of all sin: pride.  I had so much content that I wanted to teach, but alas, I didn't think I could convince everyone to sit through an hour and … Continue reading Pride is a virtue?

we’re going to keep ‘pressing on’…

This Sunday at Morgantown Community Church we will be continuing one more week in our 'Press On' series. I had originally planned to end the series with last week's teaching, but after thinking on it a bit, this week's teaching will be a more appropriate ending. This Sunday we are going to explore the tension … Continue reading we’re going to keep ‘pressing on’…