14th Sunday in Ordinary Time / 5th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A
In a long, dull story with no heroes everything works out as it is supposed to. How? Because everyone just did normal, ordinary things. Of course this is how miracles happen. These people from the Bible can be our heroes. Which one is yours?
Abraham was "tested" which means he was asked to go on a journey where he could not see what God sees. This is faith for us as well. Faith means getting on your donkey, going on a journey that makes no sense, doing something that seems utterly absurd, and trusting God with the outcome. Because God sees what we cannot.
Yes, people in the Bible behaved badly, and people today behave badly. But God hasn't given up on us or the world! God is always working to redeem, restore, and reconnect what is broken, sometime in spite (regardless) of ourselves.
We are tempted to live like Sarah, believing that the best is over, and we are only waiting for God to take us. Then we become far to serious. Like Abraham, let us wait on (serve God) and then we will find that God is all around us. The Spirit always leads us to life--and laughter.
Off lectionary as a response to Dallas and other shootings
Because of the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives, we can partner with God to turn toward love, mercy, unity even in difficult times as our country is grappling with the problems of race, guns and violence. This is a Christian response to shootings that occurred by police in LA and MN and on police in Dallas the week of July 4th, 2016. We do not have to live in fear and division. We can use this opportunity to learn about ourselves and reach out to those different from us and to learn from them. This is the work of Christ, bringing down dividing walls and ending hostility. And it is our call as well.
Rev. David Ivie, Pastor
We have a problem with race, guns and violence. This is a statement of fact but also a confession and a lament...
1 Kings 19:1-15a Elijah runs from Jezebel's threat and finds God in the sheer sound of silence
5th Sunday after Pentecost, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
We have options when it comes to dealing with difficult people, and we can do better than sitting around stewing and complaining about others. We can't change others but we can change the way we deal with others. Whether we leave, confront or ignore difficult people, God will find us and lead us in the faithful way, through earthquake, windstorm, fire, or even still small voice.
FPC Forney has a vital role to play in our community, an important voice at the table.
Rev. David Ivie
You might have heard about it on the interwebs or the news: First Presbyterian Church in Muscatine, Iowa (where I was pastor for 5 years before returning to Texas in 2012) made the news this past Sunday.[i] It made the news because