Ezekiel 34: Who’s the Shepherd?

In Ezekiel 34, we find God’s people in a time of duress–a defeated nation in exile.  But what made this worse was Israel’s leaders, their shepherds, failing in their callings.  Unfaithful, they cared more about themselves than the flock God charged them to serve and lead. So, how did God respond?  He said that He […]

John 20:19-23: Forgiveness Jesus’ Way

The One raised from the tomb breathes on His disciples, “Peace be with you.”  Next, He shows them the injuries He suffered in His crucifixion.  Again, the words, “Peace be with you,” leave His mouth.  An unbreakable bond must somehow exist between our Lord’s wounds and the peace He brings them. In His sacrificial death, […]

Palm Sunday Service Link

Since we don’t have video capability at Shepherd of the Hills, here’s a link from a seminary friend, Pr. Chris Tiews, for his on-line Palm-Sunday Service.

John 11:17-27, 38-53: The God Who Cries at Funerals

Though uncommon to our ears, in times past, the Church delighted in describing Jesus as a “lover.”  Today, we might find this as odd, perhaps perverted, as word meanings shift and change, and “lover” now refers to one’s sexual partner.  Ah, but the word “lover” can contain so much more! The root for “lover” is […]

Lent 4A: John 9: Why?

The disciples approach Jesus with an age-old question, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to be born blind?” (John 9:2).  My mother lived this view of the world with me.  Say something terrible happened to me.  At the ready, her words came dripping out with this wisdom, “God’s punishing you!” How […]

Genesis 3:1-15: The Promised Sin-Crusher

In His image, God created the first man and woman, giving them a beautiful, tranquil home, providing for their every need.  Neither destitute nor dispossessed, they are happy, safe, and secure—though God did prohibit one activity.  “In the day [you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil], you will die” (Genesis […]

John 1:1-4, Hebrews 1:1-3: The Word and the Son

Today, the 25th of December, far removed from unknown ages, when our God created the heavens and earth, forming Adam in His image.  Much time elapses, and God sends a flood, required to rescue, not destroy, this humanity gone rogue.  A rainbow emblazons the sky as a sign of His covenant to save. Many centuries […]

Emmanuel: God With Us

In time’s past, when God created time, He placed in Eden a tree of life.  Magnificent, this stood, fragrant, and dripping with every good.  On such sacred ground flourished a fruit, so pure and sweet, which God let the man and woman eat. In beauty, another tree also grew on this primordial soil, of which […]

Psalm 91:11-12: Angels Unaware; Not Them, Us

The more you traverse the text of Scripture, the more the angels fly forth from its pages.  The book of Judges alone mentions angels some 20 times.  Read through the Psalms with a careful eye, and you will find them in more places than imagined.  For example, Psalm 8 informs we are created a little […]

Luke 17:11-19: Christ’s Uncommon Mercy

Most of us don’t stumble over rare artifacts since they are, well, rare; sometimes, one of a kind.  Some of you into specialized hobbies may.  Perhaps Denny Villwok handled a rare musket or Nancy, our organist, played on a historic, well-piped organ.  Either way, don’t think you’re unlucky, for each Christian experiences the rarest thing […]