Tag: salvation

The Promise of Passover

Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.  If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine…

Open Your Eyes

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” -from Exodus 14 At midnight, the Lord struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat…

Water To Wine

{As published in the Wilmington News Journal on July 25th, 2014} Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. -John 2:11 The first of Jesus’ signs was revealed at a wedding. Jesus and his mother and the disciples were all invited to a wedding party, which has…

Is Everyone Saved?

All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law,…

Ascension

The ascension is actually a coronation service. Jesus wins, Jesus is being crowned the king, and he’s bringing us along for the ride. Ascension Day was this past Thursday. That’s not a church holiday that we generally celebrate, so I thought I’d tell you a bit about it. Ascension Day is always on a Thursday because it’s always 40 days…

A Tale of Two Fires

You may not know this, but in the Christian tradition, Easter is not just one day. Easter is a season, just like summer or fall. It involves several weeks of considering what the resurrection means for us. Now, if you’ve been around here long, you might have noticed that this meeting doesn’t put a whole lot of stock in the…

On Blindness and Salvation

{Preached by Julie at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, as part of the Wilmington Area Ministerial Association’s annual pastor exchange.} Most of you don’t know me, so you don’t know what to expect. I’ll tell you what my plan was, though: I was going to offer you a beautiful, poetic, and probably pretentious, meditation on physical blindness and spiritual blindness,…

Woman At The Well

Last week, as I hope you remember if you were here, the Gospel story was Nicodemus meeting Jesus under the cover of darkness. I used the children’s message to talk about being born again, because that’s what Jesus tells Nicodemus. Nicodemus comes to Jesus acknowledging that Jesus is a great leader with divine authority and power, and Jesus’ response? “Very…