“No-one Has the Right to Give Up”

“No-one Has the Right to Give Up”* [*From—Marian Wright Edelman, 21st century “Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?”] Walter Brueggemann, the Old Testament scholar, presents the context for this Isaiah passage, in which he describes God’s...

When Enemies Need Each Other

When Enemies Need Each Other Veteran’s Day-2019 2 Kings 5:1-21 Tomorrow is Veteran’s day. Recently an elderly Canadian gentleman arrived in Paris by plane. At the French customs desk, the man took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry-on bag. “You...

The Absurdity of Jesus’ Views on Generosity

The Absurdity of Jesus’ Views on Generosity Malachi 3:10; Matthew 6:1-4;  2 Corinthians9:6-9 Today we have called a congregational vote to consider the budget for 2020. This is a reality a church family, like any other family, has to face. There is only one more topic...

“Vasbyt” (An Afrikaans word meaning, “persevere”)

“Vasbyt” (An Afrikaans word meaning, “persevere”) James 1:1-26 If there is a slang word in the Afrikaans language that brings a smile to anyone hearing it, it is the word, vasbyt. No one knows where it originated, but it was widely used by all conscripts to the South...

“Take Two Tablets and Call Me”

SERMON: “Take Two Tablets and Call Me” Exodus 20—October 6, 2019 World Communion Sunday The Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, wrote a sermon titled, “Take Two Tablets and Call Me”. It sounds simplistic but what would our world look like if we followed...

Disciples Graduation

Disciples Graduation John 14:15-21 Early Christianity suffered grievous persecution in the first three centuries. In Israel they never found any traction. Until Christianity was adopted as official state religion of the Roman Empire by Emperor Theodosius in 380 CE, it...