He Washes Feet – February 25, 2018 – John 13: 1 – 17

During the summer after my first year of seminary, I volunteered to go to summer camp as a counselor. I had never been to a summer camp; let alone, church camp. I had no idea what to expect and felt completely unqualified. Luckily, I was paired with veteran counselors all week to show me the ropes. I had to learn the rules of the games. I had to learn the songs and dances. I had to learn how long it was okay to stay up in our cabins and tell stories under the light of our flashlights.

Toward the end of the week, a group of youth were preparing for the dance at the end of the week. The dance wasn’t as fancy as the dinner and dance at Ohio CYF camp. This was a church camp dance. The youth had chosen the theme of Walking with Christ. They wanted to make banners to share the theme and put footprints on the banners to represent their walk with Christ.

We got the banner paper, paint, buckets of water and towels. The youth painted their feet and began walking on the banner paper careful to stay on the paper and off the cement floor of the pavilions. When they were finished with one color, they’d rinse and dry their feet; then, they’d paint their feet another color and make a new path. After each pass with a different paint color, I’d help the youth rinse the paint off and dry their feet so they could go again. Continue reading


I am the Resurrection – February 18, 2018 – John 11: 1 – 44

On Wednesday, we remembered who we are and where we come from on Ash Wednesday. I reminded us that we are sinners unworthy of the love and grace of our Creator yet freely and unconditionally forgiven through the sacrificial love of our Savior.

I reminded us that we are dust and to dust we shall return. Life is the journey we take through the time and distance from dust to dust. The writer of the wisdom literature Ecclesiastes reminds us that along that journey there are varied times. Chapter 3 says: Continue reading

Encountering Jesus at the Pool of Siloam – February 11, 2018 – John 9: 1 – 41

I was talking to a friend this week about vacation bible school curriculum. His church was looking at a curriculum called Jesus Rescues. What he liked about the curriculum is that part of the preparation for leaders is for them to consider the home life of the kids they are teaching. They need to reflect on rescue in the context of hunger, poverty, abuse, and neglect. This preparation is important because the kids may not understand how Jesus Rescues them if they are going to bed hungry, are hit by their father when they get home, their mother neglects to feed them dinner, or remember trying to stay warm on cold winter night’s under a thread bare blanket. As I set out on this sermon, I want to acknowledge that there are those who long-suffer and I don’t know why. Continue reading