Jesus’ parables are not so much to be understood (like morality lessons) as to be lived with. They are like mental time bombs that tick, tick, tick and then explode with surprising (even disturbing) new insights about the Kingdom of God. … Continue reading
Pastor Roger Barkley explores why the opening verse of Mark’s gospel was so offensive to the Roman powers. He also looks at how Jesus redefines family, and why “blaspheme of the Holy Spirit” may be something quite different than you’d imagined. … Continue reading →
Pastor Roger Barkley follows Jesus’ conflict with the Pharisees over Sabbath activities to conclude that biblical literalism can lead both conservative and progressive Christians to miss the point of Jesus’ teachings and actions: we become like the Pharisees who frustrated … Continue reading →
Pastor Roger Barkley concludes the series on finding God’s goodness in our lives by warning about three counterfeit gods that can lead us off track.
We see God when our life feels blessed, but where is God when life “goes south”? Pastor Roger Barkley explores how to find God as we pass through the inevitable valleys of our life journey.
Has God custom made an eternal torture chamber to punish for an eternity? What is the difference between shame and guilt? Pastor Roger Barkley explores what grace is in the midst of a world of shame.
Both the Old and New Testaments refer our relationship with God as sheep and shepherd, but what did that mean to the original writers of those texts? Michael Barrett surprises us with some insights into those images and how understanding … Continue reading →
Many of us want to follow God’s lead but we don’t know how to hear God’s voice. Pastor Roger Barkley explores ways to find peace of mind by finding and following God’s guidance.
The Good News of Jesus didn’t end with the Easter Resurrection. God is good on Easter Sunday, and also on Monday and Tuesday … Today, Pastor Roger Barkley explores God’s goodness through the gift of rest and renewal. Today’s culture … Continue reading →
Maundy Thursday celebrates the last supper of Jesus with his disciples. Pastor Roger makes some brief comments as the church prepares for Easter.