Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Herein lies an unusually complex problem for our modern scientific-technological mindset. What is the resurrection? What did or didn’t happen? If it did happen how, when, and where, did it happen? The Biblical accounts seem inconclusive from our modern perspective. John does not tell … More Love Trumps
Maundy Thursday sermon from the Rev. Linda Mackie Griggs.
Meditation for Good Friday. Some say love it is a river that drowns the tender reed, some say love it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed, some say love it is a hunger an endless aching need … We are required to go deeper, beyond being spectators recalling Jesus’ suffering on his … More Good Friday Love
Worldly context History informs us that what we see going on in the current primaries to elect candidates for the presidential election later this year is a manifestation of our national state of crisis. History teaches us that at such points of crisis shared civic consensus fragments under the influence of reemerging tribal instincts. Tribalism … More Then and Now
The power of Scripture lies in the way it mediates for us an encounter with God that is literally of the moment. The power of Scripture lies not only in the objective elements of story but in the subjective impact of narrative upon us. Subjectivity means that we are never in the same place, twice. There … More A Scandalous Evening in Bethany
The Lent IV sermon from the Rev. Linda Mackie Griggs on Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. “There was a man who had two sons.” One of them squandered his inheritance, and the other didn’t. We call this The Parable of the Prodigal Son, and we’ve known this story since childhood. But this is one parable whose title robs us … More True Inheritance
Church is a place for community. We often view this in social terms and miss the point that church as community is like no other. Participation in community is not about membership it’s about discipleship and participation is a form of spiritual practice. Members view community as a place where they get their needs met … More Community as Spiritual Practice