Current Series

Yet You Shall Live

9.4 - 9.25

I recently did a Google search and asked the question, “How many people die every second.”  The answer is 1.78 people per second.  At first glance, that does not appear to be statistically significant.  However, when you start doing the math, it may initiate discomfort as reality appears.  Every minute 107 people die, every hour equals 6,390 souls, which means on a daily basis, 53,000 people go to meet their maker.  Whether we want to admit it or not, death is a part of living and we all will have to deal with both the mortality of our loved ones and our own.  I do wish that every single one of us died quietly in our sleep of old age but that is not realistic.  Some of us die from an illness, an accident, disaster, or by our own hand and in the aftermath of our death, we leave others to grieve for us.  Death can be and often is consuming when you are in the midst of it.  Another aspect of death is the space it creates for reflection.  Most of us do not do this until death either is on the horizon or has already passed over us.  Death has already come for my mother and it will soon come for my father as well as both of Margaret’s parents.  Eventually death will come for both of us and then our kids, grandkids, and on through the generations.  It is the cycle of life.  Instead of meeting death with regrets in focus, I want to greet it with joy.  I hold to the vision of living the rest of my life learning more about God’s love for me and others and how I can be a better expression of that.  I want to embrace the rest of my life and death knowing that joy filled the space between.  I hope you are striving for the same thing.   - Rev. Dr. Jim Hoffman

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Jesus Asked

7.24 - 8.28.2022

I have never really given much thought to the ways in which the gospels portray the dialogues Jesus has with others.  Read a parallel of the four gospels and they account for things like common stories shared by two or more writers, parables, miracles, teachings, and more.  Something I’ve taken for granted is that Jesus was good at making the most of opportunities to share an object lesson.  He rarely missed one of those.  But something I have not paid attention to are the moments when Jesus asked a question.  Maybe it is because he was so busy answering everyone else’s questions.  Be that as it may, there are moments when Jesus asked questions – timely questions.  He confronted people who were seeking something, he checked to see who they understood him to be, asked them why they worried, and what happened to their faith.  Unfortunately, even though we are students of these stories, it appears that we have not grown that much since the disciples.  Jesus could probably ask us these same questions and like the disciples, we might struggle to answer.  I invite you to join us for our summer series where we consider how we would answer the questions Jesus asked. - Rev. Dr. Jim Hoffman

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