Psalm 95:1-7a; Psalm 100 The Rev. Tom Herbek April 28, 2019 The following is adapted from “The Creation” by James Weldon Johnson And God stepped out on space, And God looked around and said: I’m lonely— I’ll make me a world. And far as the eye of God could … [Read more...] about The Love We Give Our Fragile Craft
Luke 24:1-5; John 14:15-21 The Rev. Tom Herbek April 21, 2019 In 1976, Mike and I both began as chaplains at Wake Forest Univ. Medical Center in Winston-Salem, a hospital the size of Strong with an attached medical school also. As with Strong, that hospital was an awfully confusing … [Read more...] about Why Do You Look for the Living Among the Dead?
Psalm 118:22-29; Mark 11:1-10 The Rev. Tom Herbek April 14, 2019 He came to Jerusalem at Passover, a huge festival that swelled the population of that city from 40,000 to 250,000 people. Over 200,000 visitors came to Jerusalem to celebrate their liberation from slavery under the … [Read more...] about The Choices That Define Us
Exodus 20:18; Mark 6:30-32 The Rev. Tom Herbek March 31, 2019 Oftentimes in the New Testament, Jesus knew he needed to restore his soul, knew he needed to pamper his soul for at least a few minutes. In the passage in Mark’s gospel, he recognizes this need in the lives of his … [Read more...] about Letting Our Souls Catch Up with Us
Matthew 25:34-40; Luke 9:12-17 The Rev. Tom Herbek March 24, 2019 How people look at things determines how they respond. If we believe something is scarce then we are more likely to buy more of it, actually enhancing any scarcity. We have developed a view that scarcity is … [Read more...] about The Danger of Assuming Scarcity
Matthew 6:1-8; Mark 9:33-37 The Rev. Tom Herbek March 17, 2019 Several years ago, before I came here, I was running a network of health centers, and we were in the process of hiring three new doctors as we expanded the practice. I would give the candidates a tour of the health … [Read more...] about Who Is Most Important?
I Changed My Mind Isaiah 43:18-19; Luke 19:1-10 The Rev. Tom Herbek March 10, 2019 I wonder if Zaccheus was just waiting for someone to say, “You can change your mind, your heart, your future.” The future is open, and the present is pregnant with possibilities that we have yet to … [Read more...] about I Changed My Mind
Psalm 23 Luke 22:19-20 The Rev. Tom Herbek March 3, 2019 The 23rd Psalm is filled with symbols that have meaning far beyond the basic sense of the words: shepherd, green pastures, still waters, dark valley, rod and staff, anointed head, a table in the presence of enemies, … [Read more...] about Tangible Reminders of God’s Love
Genesis 45:1-15; Romans 8:38-39 The Rev. Tom Herbek February 24, 2019 Let us hear this familiar story as told by Frederich Buechner, a novelist turned theologian, who tells a not-very-literal story that is actually very close to what really happened: Joseph’s brothers tried to murder him … [Read more...] about “Who Knows?”
Psalm 139:7-12, Romans 5:1-5 The Rev. Tom Herbek February 17, 2019 Only love and suffering are strong enough to get to the core of who we are and how we find meaning in life. Love and suffering are our primary teachers in life. That is why we must listen carefully to the stories … [Read more...] about “Hearing the Story, Telling the Story”