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  • Who Goes There? Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jun 28, 2011
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,430 views

    Who are the redeemed? How can you tell? Are you or aren't you?

    The last time we saw the 144,000 was on Palm Sunday. We were looking at God’s promises to bring all the tribes of Israel back from all the lands to which they had been exiled, all but Dan, that is, who had chosen not to take God up on his promises and had instead struck out for easier ...read more

  • Family Reunion Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jun 25, 2011
    based on 7 ratings
     | 11,606 views

    The ultimate Christian family reunion is about the future even more than it is about the past.

    How many of you have ever been to a family reunion? What was it for? Was it someone’s 50th anniversary, or 80th birthday, or a regular event - every few years or so, to keep in touch? One of the things I really love about living here is how close together the families are. For most of ...read more

  • Acts Of God Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jun 25, 2011
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,791 views

    Natural disasters may be natural, but they are also acts of God, and if they don't remind us of his power and alert us to his coming judgment they should.

  • An Extravagant Gesture

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 10, 2001
    based on 81 ratings
     | 4,794 views

    Extravagant gestures are an appropriate - even necessary - expression of love.

    Do you know how much it cost? $15,000, that’s how much. And that’s just for the perfume! The bottle she broke was worth nearly that much on its own. I can’t see why Jesus was so upset with us for complaining about the waste. I mean, I saw his point later on, but how could we have known then? ...read more

  • The Blame Game

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 10, 2001
    based on 55 ratings
     | 2,854 views

    Three views of the beheading of John the Baptist, or how to blame someone else for your actions.

    The Blame Game What do you suppose happened at the palace the next morning, when Herod woke up with a hangover the size of the Roman Empire and a public relations problem twice as big? I can hear them all spinning the story, can’t you? It’s not the way it seems! It’s not my fault! I’m not to ...read more

  • Tall Trees And Tumbleweeds Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 10, 2001
    based on 41 ratings
     | 1,977 views

    Honoring parents gives us and society the stability we need to flourish.

    I started reading science fiction when I was 11 or 12, I think. My father brought home a couple of Heinlein juveniles from the library, Red Planet and Space Cadet. I don’t remember which one I read first, they’re both still favorites. All the Heinlein juvies are good reading. The plots were ...read more

  • Double Cross

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 10, 2001
    based on 33 ratings
     | 1,398 views

    You can only get the right perspective on the cross if you look at it from two angles: from the angle of suffering and sacrifice, and the angle of resurrection and victory.

  • A Transfer Of Power

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on May 12, 2001
    based on 125 ratings
     | 3,860 views

    What Elisha’s succession to Elijah’s office can tell us about the transfer of power: God’s use of imperfect people, the need for loyalty, ambition, and decisiveness.

    A TRANSFER OF POWER How many of you came to our play? Do you remember when Steve came in at the beginning of the 2nd Act, dressed as Samson with hair almost down to his waist? Did you laugh? If you did, you better watch out for bears. That’s what happened to the boys of Bethel who made fun ...read more

  • Heartsick

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Apr 16, 2001
    based on 40 ratings
     | 834 views

    Dramatic monologue: pilgrim to Jerusalem observes behavior of priests, soldiers and disappointed follower at the crucifixion of Jesus.

    Heartsick And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!" The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save ...read more

  • Unbelievable!

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Apr 16, 2001
    based on 41 ratings
     | 1,032 views

    The resurrection of is only unbelievable if you refuse to look squarely at the evidence.

    Unbelievable! I’m fond of joking that I have my resurrection body already reserved, and it’s a size 8. Everyone always laughs. Of course I don’t know what it will look like - I may have feathers, or fins! But we all know, don’t we, that whatever resurrection is about it isn’t going to include ...read more

  • Death Valley Days

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Mar 10, 2001
    based on 67 ratings
     | 1,817 views

    Ties together Israel’s disobedience during the Exodus, people’s failure to recognize Jesus when he came, and our own obliviousness to the warning signs around us. Lesson: Hardships aren’t for punishnment, it’s to point us to God.

    Have any of you ever watched a movie or a TV show about a wagon train? You know, a column of Conestoga wagons, what they called prairie schooners, with the rounded canvas tent-tops? When I was young Westerns were the commonest sort of show, and everyone knew the conventions: The square-jawed ...read more

  • Time Out Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Dec 2, 2000
    based on 84 ratings
     | 2,636 views

    On keeping the Sabbath, recognizing it as a gift from God, a temporary lifting of the curse of labor and economic utilitarianism.

    TIME OUT Before I became a Christian I got into a lot of New Age stuff, from Tarot to numerology. I didn’t spend a lot of time on numerology, I didn’t really start enjoying numbers until I got my computer, but I did find out that my personal number was seven. I don’t remember exactly how the ...read more

  • First In Ten Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Dec 2, 2000
    based on 92 ratings
     | 2,597 views

    Introduction to Sermon Series on the 10 Commandments: Why God gave them, what they say about God, what they say about people.

    As many of you know, I am a major fan of murder mysteries. I’ve excused the habit for years because Dorothy Sayers approved of them (She’s the woman who wrote the Lord Peter Wimsey mystery stores, you may have seen them on PBS? She was also a rather brilliant theologian, and a friend of C.S. ...read more

  • A Control Issue Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Dec 2, 2000
    based on 80 ratings
     | 2,375 views

    The second in a series on the 10 Commandments dealing with how the human craving to be in control translates to making graven images, idolatry, worshiping the work of our hands.

    One of the Christmas cards I got this year wasn’t really a Christmas card. It wasn’t even a Hannukah card. It was a Solstice card. It came from an old friend of mine named Sally who sang soprano in my medieval chamber vocals ensemble and taught me Middle Eastern dancing. (That’s belly dancing, ...read more

  • A Full Name Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Dec 2, 2000
    based on 82 ratings
     | 1,470 views

    Third Commandment: How not to use God’s name emptily, keeping it full of meaning.

    A FULL NAME Names are important. Choosing a name for a new baby can occupy a couple right up until birth - sometimes even beyond. My godchildren’s father Chad drove my friend Caryl crazy right up to delivery insisting that any son of his would be named Beowulf. I think he was just pulling her ...read more