10 Reasons America Loves Downton Abbey

I’m usually one of the last people to join in on a trend. Sometimes I won’t watch or read something simply because everyone else is doing it. I didn’t watch Titanic until 2005. I haven’t seen the new Les Miserables movie. I still haven’t watched Frozen. Does this make me a little snobbish? Maybe. Do I miss…

First Glance: John 9:1-41

“Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam.” (This word means Sent). John 9:7 The ninth chapter of John tells the story of a healing and its aftermath. Jesus is traveling with his disciples when they come upon a man who has been blind from birth. The disciples inquire whether there is some…

First Glance: John 4:4-42

“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” John 4:29 John 4 is a story of transformation. An unnamed Samaritan woman encounters Jesus at Jacob’s well in Sychar, Samaria. He asks her for a drink, which surprises her. A Jew would become unclean if he drank from…

Why Creeds?

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9) Going Creedal       I grew up in a wonderful church that was self-consciously ‘non-creedal.’ No creed but Christ, no book but the Bible. This was the church where I…

First Glance: John 3:1-21

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth: no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3 In the late 90s in America, it seemed like almost every week we were getting sent another free disc from AOL (an internet service provider). Try AOL 6.0 – 500 hours…

First Glance: John 1:29-51

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. (John 1:36-37) Throughout this passage testimony plays a huge role. John testifies that Jesus is “God’s Chosen One”. When he points Jesus…