The Pillowcase of Not-Giving-Up: Genesis 18

Genesis 18:9-33, Micah 6:6-8, John 21:15-19

Suggested Scripture Readings from Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking.  The passage from John 21 is my own addition to the conversation.  If you are reading along in the book, McLaren also assigns Genesis 22:1-14 and Acts 17: 19-34 which brings up a whole thicket of questions I don't take on this week: what does it mean when after persevering, God threatens the very thing God had promised in the first place? Gotta come to Bible study to hear my take on that one...

The Negev: Abraham and Sarah's Desert                Masada, Israel  2000

The Negev: Abraham and Sarah's Desert                Masada, Israel  2000

Sermon Notes

The Genesis 18 story of Abraham and Sarah read in worship comes from the Spark Story Bible...just about the best kid's bible ever, as far as I'm concerned.  Great for ages 4-7 with tons of vibrant artwork and fabulous interpretation.  Check out the details here:

The story of Owen and Mzee comes from the beautiful and inspiring book Owen & Mzee: the true story of a remarkable friendship from authors Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatcoff, P Khumbu, and Peter Greste.  More info. here:

To here Larry Ward tell his own story to Krista Tippett on the radio program OnBeing, go here:

The road for Isaac Lindsey will be long and the medical bills steep.  Donate here to help the Lindsey family:




Winding the Clock with E.B. White and Pope Francis: Genesis 12 and Mark 11

Genesis 12:1-9, Galatians 3:6-9, Mark 11:15-19

Suggested Scripture Readings from Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking

Mission Santa Ynez          June 2015          Photo Credit: My Daughter

Mission Santa Ynez          June 2015          Photo Credit: My Daughter

About the photo....Just days after Pope Francis canonized Junipero Serra, the Spanish father of the California mission movement, I found myself at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum at an exhibit called Becoming LA.  In part, it documents the cost to California's Native Americans with the arrival of the Spanish missionaries making Serra's sainthood deeply conflicted.  

I must say, growing up in New England, history class never got much past Paul Revere's ride through the North End of Boston. 

Sermon Notes

The words of EB White come from a totally worthwhile book called Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience compiled by Shaun Usher and published by Chronicle Books in San Francisco in 2013.  I first encountered the letter on this fabulous website:

(Do yourself a favor and read the one from Steve Martin to a fan --- nothing to do with Jesus or Abraham.)

A full transcript of the speech by Pope Francis to Congress can be found through this link:

My reference to descriptions of Martin Luther`s life and times may be found in Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and his Career by James M. Kittelson published by Fortress Press in Minneapolis, 1986.