Category archives: Pastor Bill

  • September 10, 2017. BLC is in the midst of a set of changes that have come all at once. In Exodus, we are  reminded of how the people of Israel found themselves in a time of upheaval and transition, too, and God was with them. Jesus reminds his disciples, including us today, that wherever two or three are gathered in his name, he will be with us. W... [read more]
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    August 27, 2017.  In these two passages from Exodus and Matthew, we hear of Moses and Simon having holy encounters that lead to a change of identity: a condemned Israelite child born during the time of Pharaoh’s harsh policies is “drawn out of the water” by Pharaoh’s daughter and thereby becomes “Moses;” Simon, son of Jonah, declares Jesus to be th... [read more]
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    August 13, 2017. In this story of Jesus walking on water in the Sea of Galilee, we hear Jesus inviting Peter to walk on the water. Peter starts out fine and then, when hit with doubt, he begins to sink while calling out for help. In our own time, as disciples of Bethlehem Lutheran, we are invited to walk on the waters of Baptism and to take a stand... [read more]
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    July 23, 2017. With this Parable of the Wheat and Weeds, we may think we know who is good and who is bad; yet Jesus cautions us to leave the harvest to God alone. We are reassured in the seeds of God's love planted in our Baptism that we are loved as "saint-sinner" children, warts and all, which leads to all sorts of "we'ds" (we would's) worth purs... [read more]
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    July 9, 2017.  In the Gospel according to Matthew, we hear Jesus inviting all who are weary to come unto him, take on his yoke, and find rest. This counter-intuitive notion jars us from our self-made aspirations and beckons us to see afresh how, in our Baptism, we disciples are all yoked together in the life, death and resurrection of Christ! Cl... [read more]
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    June 18, 2017. In Exodus, we hear of the people of Israel making it out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, to the foot of Mt. Sinai, and there beginning a new conversation with God through Moses.  Even while they are in transition, a new relationship is being formed that will last through the ages.  In a similar manner, Bethlehem Lutheran is in its own... [read more]
 
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