By the Skin of my Teeth

His name was Job but I wonder if his friends called him Murphy, because it seemed that anything that could go wrong for him, did go wrong for him. He was kind of like the guy who said, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.” You might recall the…

Say What? Turn the Other Cheek

A Fisherman’s Tale: CHAPTER 28 The days had flown since we returned from Nazareth. Some days I fished and other days I spent with Jesus and the others.  Our days with Jesus soon fell into a comfortable routine.   He’d come by the house and we’d chat for a while and then we would wander through…

Say What? Cast the First Stone

So this was how it would end.  Public humiliation and possibly a public death for a private act. An act that had never been intended to be shared with others and certainly not made public.  It had all started out innocently enough, a shared glance, an innocent touching of hands, a long conversation and it…

Say What? The Apple of My Eye

You are the apple of my eye!  Have you ever heard that expression?  Probably not recently in common usage, but maybe in an old movie or a historical novel.  There was actually a song that made the charts by that name in 1956.  It was sung by Frankie Valli and the Four Lovers.  The group…

Say What? My Brother’s Keeper

It started out as a case of sibling rivalry and ended up as a case of murder.  It’s a familiar story from the Old Testament, but not one that we think about very often.  It involved the sons of Adam and Eve.  And I know that we can get caught up in a lot of…

The Family of God

The church!  When you think of the church, what is it you think of? For some people, there is only one church.  The one they were brought to as an infant, where they went to Sunday School and then on to youth group.  The church where they were baptized, where they were married, and the…

The Body of Christ

The Church.  When I say church, what do you think of? A little white clapboard building with a steeple and a bell, or perhaps something a little more modern than that. The first picture is Seal Cove Wesleyan Church, and that was the church Angela’s mother grew up in and the church where Angela attended…

We the Church: What the Church is

The church!  When you think of the church, what is it you think of? Maybe it’s Cornerstone. This might be where you met Jesus, where you were baptized and where you have grown in your faith. Maybe it’s the church from your childhood. The church where you met Jesus, where you were baptized and where…

The Day Everything Changed, for Peter

And just like that, everything changed. It had started out a day just like every other day. He had fished all night, and now he was cleaning his nets and preparing to head home to sleep. He was a fisherman, the son of a fisherman who had been the son of a fisherman. And then,…

The Day Everything Changed, for the Church

And just like that, everything changed. I wonder what they were thinking about on that day?  Had they gathered together to celebrate the holidays or were they making plans for the future?  We don’t know where they were, why they were there or even who all was there.  But we do know that what happened…