Pastor Dale E. Austin Exodus 20:1-17
One of my favorite quotes, which I stumbled onto only a few years ago, comes from Martin Luther, the renegade German priest who kick-started the Protestant Reformation. In a letter to a friend he laments the concept that people are simply supposed to accept, with blind devotion, whatever the Mother Church teaches them, without questioning anything. He finds it difficult to believe in a God who would bless us with intellect, reason, and the capacity for rational thought, and then ask us to forego the use or exercise of these gifts. It’s a wonderful insight.
All too often we stop at the words of the Scriptures, telling ourselves that everything which God wants us to know is contained there. Continue reading
Pastor Dale E. Austin Matthew 22:34-46
Riddles come in all shapes and sizes. Some are relatively simple; others case be incredibly complex. Some can be solved quickly utilizing a small amount of common sense. Others may require a great deal of time, some detailed notes and a lot of frustration before we can solve them. Some riddles occur naturally and we are constantly challenged to find the answers. Others flow from our imaginations, usually in an attempt to stump our neighbor.
Jesus was often confronted with this latter type of riddle. Continue reading
Pastor Dale E. Austin John 14:15-21
In my somewhat limited travels throughout the state, as I move from appointment to appointment, I’ve come across some common characters who seem to be everywhere. I find some of them in the congregations I’ve served; others in the larger community. Continue reading