In 1859 Charles Blondin became famous for walking across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.  After his first successful attempt he began to do it many times with different gimmicks.  But, the time he is most famous for is the day he walked across niagara falls blindfolded pushing a wheelbarrow. The crowd ooh’d and aah’d with each step, the tension mounting over each movement.  And when he completed his 1/4 mile walk the crowd erupted with cheers.  The story goes that Blondin played to their emotions…Continue Reading “Prodigal Son 3 – Beyond Belief”

So, there was a man who had two sons.  The younger says to the father that he wants his share of the inheritance now (a very 1st century Jewish way of saying, I wish you were dead).  The father could say no, but he doesn’t.  The father actually does it, he gives the younger son the inheritance.  The son then goes to a foreign country and wastes his wealth in wild living.  Then a famine comes in.  Having spent his wealth and being hungry, the…Continue Reading “Prodigal Son 1 – Worth and Waiting”

I think most know by now, but in June I’ll be back under an appointment.  I’ll be serving part time at Hopewell UMC.  This I am quite excited about.  So, for the last couple weeks I’ve been dusting off my sermonizing brainstorm abilities.  With this I have a little experiment I would like to try. I love to give messages.  I enjoy the studying, learning about a topic or a passage, finding out about the background, finding new nuances, treasures that bring new life to…Continue Reading “Announcement and Experiment”

As I previously mentioned I am starting a series of blogs about some of the parables of Jesus. Several of these stories have really captured my attention in unique ways for some time, and I wanted to share some of the dynamics and insights I’ve found within them. Some of the posts will be long, others will be extremely short. And of course I’d love to hear your thoughts along the way, get to share in the things that you’ve found that I’ve missed. So…Continue Reading “Luke 15 Critiquing the Pharisees Part 1”