Contributed on Jan 29, 2014
The Samaritan woman at the well was an unlikely candidate to become one of Jesus' first evangelists, yet that's exactly what she was. Jesus extended grace to the Samaritan woman, which changed her. How could she help but share the good news!
This morning, we sit down at the “foot” of Jacob’s Well. This passage from John about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well just outside of Sychar is rich with messages and lessons for all who seek Jesus. One commentator reflected that this is “a text ...read more
Contributed on Feb 7, 2014
The woman with the hemorrhage teaches us about the power of faith if we will not only believe, but also act on that belief.
As many of you are aware, I grew up in Oak Ridge. And of course, as a city founded in support of the Manhattan Project, Oak Ridge is very much a center of science and technology not just in East Tennessee, but around the world. With a population just over 25,000, there’s not tons to do in Oak ...read more
Contributed on Feb 14, 2014
Jesus has many interactions with the sisters, Mary and Martha, throughout his ministry. What we learn in looking at each of these encounters is that together, the sisters model complete discipleship, learning and living fully with Jesus.
The sisters Mary and Martha make multiple appearances in the gospels, particularly John’s gospel. And in each passage, as they interact with Jesus, we learn something new about them. The dinner recounted in this passage immediately followed the raising of Mary and Martha’s brother, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2014
Rejection is something we all deal with, but when it comes to our dealings with the God of all grace, we need to know that with faith, there is nothing that can keep us from receiving God's touch of mercy.
Not too long ago, the website Business Insider, published an article entitled, “7 Brutally Honest Rejection Letters.” Included in this article were rejection letters to a woman seeking employment in Disney’s creative department in 1938, author Gertrude Stein, and screenwriter Tim ...read more
Contributed on Feb 27, 2014
Many point to Paul's writings as defense for excluding women from church leadership. However, when we look at Paul's story, what we see is that he was a collaborative leader who relied heavily on the work of women for the sake of the Gospel of Christ!
Several years ago, there was a woman who won the jackpot in the Powerball lottery. Let’s just call her Phoebe. Phoebe was exactly the kind of person you’d hope would win the lottery. Raised in a modest family, she was widowed. Her husband died of lung cancer just a few months before ...read more