Planted In The Now
Rev. Robert Woodruff
It is pretty clear that Jesus loved to use seed, plant, and fruit imagery for his pedagogy. Examples abound in the gospels. “I am the vine and you are the branches,” he proclaims. He compares the kingdom of God to a mustard seed that in time will grow from the tiniest of seeds into an impressive, full-bodied bush. And we may recall the parable of the sower. The one in which Jesus talks about a person sowing seeds onto different types of soil. He asserts that the impact of the growth of those seeds is directly proportionate to the quality of the soil upon which they fall. Jesus goes on in the passage to interpret that the seeds are the word of God, and the different types of soils are varying descriptions of the hearts of those who hear the word.
“At One Time”
Preached by Rev. Karen Hill at Second Presbyterian Church
March 15, 2015
As always Second Pres., it’s a joy to be here and a privilege to worship with you. I bring greetings from First Pres. We are looking forward to sharing our Lenten Mission Project together and then celebrating at the Mission Fiesta on April 26th. At First Pres, we have high hopes for a better showing during this year’s salsa making contest. It could happen.
It seems that grace is in short supply these days. In early American history, the colonists shamed people in the town square. They punished sinners by putting them in the stocks or by whipping and flogging them and sometimes, by hanging them in front of their cheering neighbors. Now, we just use the Internet.
A Risky Preposition
Rev. Robert Woodruff
March 1, 2015
“So I have a proposition for you,” says Jesus. Which is interesting, because isn’t it the devil who is usually trying the cut the deal? Jesus continues, “If you want to become my followers, deny yourselves and follow me. You’ve got two choices: you can try to save your life and lose it. You can seek to follow your will and become detached from mine. Or you can lose your life for my sake, and in return, you will become something greater. You can find liberation from your will by taking solace and life in mine. You get to choose.”
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