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28 Jan, 2019

(This is the final message in a series on the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.) In studying the different world religions, I have found that each has its strength. Buddhism very strongly brings the concept of mindfulness into the spiritual...


Rooted and Rising Above

21 Jan, 2019

(This is Week Three in a sermon series on the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.) Two weeks ago, Jerry Belland began our sermon series talking about the First Noble Truth of Buddhism, Dukkha or the inevitability of suffering in our lives. He shared...

Velcro Nature

14 Jan, 2019

(Part two in a four part sermon series on the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.) The First Noble Truth of Buddhism, that life inevitably involves suffering (dukkha). Nisargadatta, a Hindu guru of nondualism, clarifies, that "pain is physical,...

Mary's Message for All Generations

24 Dec, 2018

The birth of Jesus is never mentioned in the writings of Paul, which are the earliest writings of our New Testament (15-20 years after Jesus’ death). Nor is the birth of Jesus mentioned in Mark, the earliest gospel written around the year 60 CE...

Preparing Our Hearts

17 Dec, 2018

John Shea tells a story about seeing a woman in a Jewel Food Store parking lot three days before Christmas putting bags of groceries in her trunk and muttering over and over to herself, “I’m not going to make it. I’m not going to make it.” As...

Healing Peace

10 Dec, 2018

It's time for a true confession: this year and last Christmas season, Julie and I have sort of binge-watched Hallmark Christmas movies. Seriously, I’m a sucker for a happy ending, true love, and the wonder and magic of Christmas bringing people...

Hope in the Face of Hopelessness

03 Dec, 2018

The days are surely coming, says YHWH, when I will bestow on Israel and Judah all the blessings I promised them. In those days and at that time I will raise up a righteous branch from the line of David, who will bring justice and integrity to...

Re-imaging Christ the King

27 Nov, 2018

Last Sunday marked the end of the Christian calendar year and was celebrated by churches all around the world as Christ the King Sunday. Personally, I think Jesus would have been appalled at the title, but let’s take a look at it. Where did it...

Antidote to Negativity

19 Nov, 2018

I wonder how much we really pay attention to our thoughts, and especially to how much of our thinking might be negative and unhelpful? I typically consider myself an optimistic, glass half-full person. But I realize that I’m more than capable...

Ruth and Boaz

Ruth continued...

12 Nov, 2018

Here’s the bottom line… our stories have to change before the world changes. The stories we tell ourselves and our children about who we are and who God is are the foundational building blocks of our understanding and the way we behave and...