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A Global Household of Faith

A Global Household of Faith

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:11–22 (NRSV) So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God. One of the...
Do “All Dogs Go to Heaven”?

Do “All Dogs Go to Heaven”?

Scripture reading: Romans 8:19-23 (NRSV) I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freeife, dom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. I’ll admit—I’ve never been much of an animal person. My family’s first pet, a terrier named Taffy, died when I was young and we never got another pet. I desperately wanted a cat growing up, but my mom got me books on cats rather than an actual cat, and I quickly lost interest. I don’t have anything against animals or pets, but I’m more content to observe them from a distance. I like my personal space. Yet, I recognize that for many people, animals are an integral part of the family. My brother’s corgi Stella was present...

Consider the Trees!

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1–3 NRSV (selected) Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.” And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may...
God of the Mountains

God of the Mountains

Image Credit: Jumonville Camp & Retreat Center, a mountaintop that is for many a sign of the faithfulness of God. Scripture Reading: Psalm 125 (NRSV) Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, so that the righteous might not stretch out their hands to do wrong. Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts. But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers. Peace be upon Israel! Having lived in Eldersville for just over three years now, I realize I’m still (and always will be) a newcomer. As I’ve gotten to know you and this community, I’ve been blessed to hear many of your stories—stories of growing up here, of significant moments of your life in this church, and accounts of how things have changed. I notice your love of this place often, especially in the way that I’ve been asked frequently in these three years, “how do you like living in Eldersville?” You want to know if I share the same love for this place that you have. Compared with many of you who have deep roots in this community, I don’t know what it’s like to have one place that you can call home. As you realized getting to know me early on, the answer to the question “where...
Delighting in Creation

Delighting in Creation

Scripture Reading: Psalm 8 and Song of Solomon 2:8–13 One of the things that I learned quickly about this congregation and community is your no-nonsense, can-do attitude. When there’s a problem that needs to be solved, someone will make sure it gets solved When there’s a project that needs to be completed, people are going to show up and put in the work so that it’s done. We don’t like to talk about it, we just want to make sure it happens. I’ve come to appreciate your pragmatism, the matter-of-fact way that you deal with what needs to be done. It’s not just the business of the church that we deal with practically. Everything we do is done though the lens of practical concerns. When we read the Scriptures, we do so to get the information we need related to our salvation. We want to know what God requires of us (and other people) to be right with God. We want to know what behavior is and is not acceptable. We want to know how we should think rightly about God. When we come to church and Sunday school, it’s often to get the information we need from the Bible so we can just get back to work and do what needs to be done. Whenever the conversation moves beyond those practical issues, it can feel like we’re missing the point and splitting hairs. The Bible is full of practical insights that relate to how God wants us to live as God’s people. The first few books of the Bible give us concrete rules, the prophetic books tell us how...