Feet or Feet

June 24, 2018
Sometimes we miss the true, messy meaning of phrases because of code words. In Ruth, we encounter any number of double-entendres that can inspire a variety of readings. But the…

The Works of Mercy

September 6, 2015
James famously warns us that faith without faithful action is dead. In the preceding stories he tells, he makes clear that the highest virtue is mercy, and that leaving people…
Bible Text: Genesis 28:10-19a | Preacher: Nathan Willard | Series: Patriarchs What makes a place sacred? We tell stories to explain the importance of certain places in our lives. But we, too, have the ability to make places sacred, especially for refugees like Jacob, far from home, faced only with the welcome of stones.
Bible Text: Genesis 24:34–38, 42-49, 58-67 | Preacher: Nathan Willard Frozen follows a pattern for a good reason. We like to think we know how the stories end. It brings us comfort. But the writers of Frozen, understanding that, choose at the last minute to subvert our expectations. How they tell the story matters for what we are to take away from it. So, too, with the story of Rebekah in Genesis. Her story is told in a way that emphasizes the choice she had.  This story reminds us that we can choose to tell the stories of our lives in different ways. Do we tell them so that people are allowed to be people? or do we reduce them to bit players in somebody else's story?