David Anointed by Samuel, from a synagogue in Syria, 15th Century. (This image is in the public domain.)

Listen to an audio version here: http://revheath.podomatic.com/entry/2014-03-30T16_09_33-07_00 1 Samuel 16:1-13 16:1 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king […]

This is me when I was a few years younger than you.

Dear Sunnie, You don’t know me, but this morning I read an article about you. (You can read it here: http://www.abc27.com/story/25061872/little-girl-taken-out-of-christian-school-after-told-shes-too-much-like-a-boy  ) Ever since then you keep crossing my mind. As I went around town today in my jeans and button-down shirt and sweater, I thought about you. As I came home from the gym tonight, I […]

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We have all had questions that have kept us up at night. Nicodemus, a man who came to talk to Jesus in the middle of the night, was no exception. He wondered about who Jesus was, and what faith meant, just like we do. In a way, Nicodemus’ story is a lot like our own. […]

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We all wrestle with temptation. Even Jesus was no exception. As we begin our forty days of Lent, we remember the forty days Jesus was in the wilderness, fasting and being tempted. In Lent we make a choice between the things that fill us up or make us happy for a little while, or that […]

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A few weeks ago I was standing in the check-out line of our village market. The selection of cards by the cash register had just made their changeover from Valentine’s Day to Easter, despite the fact Lent had not yet even begun. That’s not a huge surprise, of course. The Easter candy has been out […]

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A few years ago the United Church of Christ started the new Stillspeaking Daily Devotional. The devotional engages the Bible readings from the daily lectionary with a short (about 250 words) reflection and a prayer. A collection of UCC pastors from around the denomination chip in to add a variety of voices and perspectives. And, […]

Safety cards handed out in the aftermath of the Otherside Bombing in 1997.

A recording of this sermon may be found here: http://revheath.podomatic.com/entry/2014-02-23T17_09_02-08_00 Scripture: Matthew 5:38-48 If you have ever gotten into a discussion or a debate about religion, you probably know what it’s like to have a bunch of soundbites from the Bible thrown at you. I’m always interested in how people who mostly seem uninterested in church […]