Feb 28: Third Sunday of Lent: Keeping Kosher, Keeping Community

  Deuteronomy 14:3-21 A lot of friends of mine, even those in seminary, say that when reading the Bible,  they skip over the books of Numbers (because it’s about numbers…), Leviticus (because it’s got laws) and Deuteronomy (just more laws…). And during the time of Lent, we’re just supposed to focus on the Gospels, right? [...]

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Feb 21: Second Sunday of Lent: Food Culture and Faith

Feb 21: Second Sunday of Lent Food Culture and Faith Genesis 27 What was your favorite food growing up? What kinds of memories are associated with this food? In what context did you eat this food? How did this food relate to your family and friends--did they enjoy it with you or did you just [...]

Feb 14: First Sunday of Lent: What’s Food (and God) Got To Do With It?

If you happened to grow up in a Christian household that observed Lent, you are probably familiar with the idea of “giving up” something during this period of 40 days (46, counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Tradition has it that the 40 days of Lent represent the 40 days that Jesus Christ was [...]

I’m Not Ready Yet…

Transfiguration Sunday 2016 Scripture: Mark 9 When I step back and think about the Transfiguration on the mountain, I wonder what that word refers to more: Jesus’ transformation or Peter’s? Many Christians identify with Peter--do you? At times, I do. I think it’s because, to put it simply, Peter is human. He makes mistakes and [...]