Covenant Presbyterian Church – Athens, GA


We Are In God’s Hands

We Are in God’s Hands” (Jer.18:1-10 and Ps.139:1-18)
What a beautiful image to hold in our mind’s eye, in this new season of life together = the steadfast, loving care of God our Creator, ever with us, in all times & places, knowing us so fully and completely, in light & dark, even before we were born.  It’s a banner cry for every Rally Day, year after year, as we begin again our walk with God, as we find new strength for today & bright hope for tomorrow = that the circumstances of life will always be changing, and as the Psalmist (46) writes – the earth may shake, the mountains of ice may crumble & fall into the ocean depths, the stormy seas may roar & rage, and the very hills tremble with violence – yet when we awaken from our sleep or shock, from a tough surgery or a deep sense of despair, what do we find? Read more

“Setting the World on Fire!” (Hebrews 12:1-2 and Luke 12:49-53)

Well, that’s a slice of real life.  Family members all crossed up.  Jesus in distress about hard times ahead.  The world in such a mess that he just wants to burn it all up.  This is one of the hardest passages in the Bible to hear – our Lord of life & love saying he didn’t come to bring peace, but rather to cause conflict & division among us.  (I think Mark mentioned this passage in one of his sermons a couple of weeks ago, but of course, as the lectionary rolled around, it landed on my day to preach.  Thanks a lot.)  And this passage is even nestled within a larger section of doom & gloom.  The chapter starts with a warning against hypocrisy and closes with another – the end is near! – like superstorm clouds, billowing in the sky.  Read more