What I’m Thinking: Not So Easy Jesus

  There is a moment in the Gospel of John when, suddenly, Jesus loses followers – and I’m not talking about the night of his arrest and trial. Is it supposed to be easy to follow Jesus – or hard? Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. Just […]

August 19, 2018 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: This May Need a Song

August 19, 2018 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Ephesians 5:15-20 We’ve got a little more good advice this week, both from the letter to the Ephesians and from the story of King Solomon. Seek wisdom, we’re told. Be wise. In the case of Solomon, wisdom means to govern for the well-being of your people. In Ephesians, […]

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Pastor’s Corner: The Spiritual Gift of Friends

August 15, 2018 When the apostle Paul wrote about spiritual gifts, he had leadership of the Church in mind. That’s why the list of gifts he tends to use (see 1 Corinthians 12) emphasize Church-ready blessings: the utterance of wisdom, the declaration of knowledge, faith, miracle-working, prophecy, the discernment of spirits, speaking in tongues, and […]

August 16, 2018 in Pastor's Corner Reflections by

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Interested in Becoming a Member?

Do you have a friend who is interested in joining Church of the Holy Cross – or might that friend be you? We will have two informational meetings with Pastor Eric about what church membership means at the end of August. Interested people may attend either meeting. They will be held on Tuesday, August 21, […]

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What I’m Thinking: Music

  In Ephesians, we’re offered the advice to sing hymns and spiritual songs. I can’t think of a much better idea. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the fifth chapter of Ephesians today (Ephesians 5:15-20). It begins with some fairly direct advice about being cautious around alcohol – good advice, I’d say, in the first […]

August 13, 2018 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: Just Plain Good Advice

August 12, 2018 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Have you ever noticed that people sometimes resist good advice? Yesterday at the airport waiting for my flight back to Hilo I watched a young mother follow her toddler around the seats in the waiting area. The child was clearly new to walking and also clearly […]

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What I’m Thinking: Good Advice

  Is the Bible easy to understand, or does it take work to figure out its meaning? Well, that depends. Which part are you reading? In Ephesians 4:25-5:2, you’ll find straightforward good advice. Here’s a transcript: I’m asking a question this week: Is the Bible easy to understand, or is it difficult? Does it require […]

August 5, 2018 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: One Bread, One Body

August 5, 2018 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost John 6:24-35, Ephesians 4:1-16 This was also the day of Church of the Holy Cross’ annual picnic, and we were joined in worship by members of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa of Hilo. Of all the metaphors for the life of faith, I turn most often […]

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Eric Anderson to Play Benefit Concert for Puna August 25

Eric Anderson (and some special guests) will perform in concert at Church of the Holy Cross on Saturday evening, August 25, at 7:00 pm, in a benefit for those affected by the eruption in Puna. He’ll bring guitar, ukulele, original melodies, and a healthy dose of, “Everyone sing along, now!” Admission is free; contributions will […]

August 2, 2018 in Events by

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Pastor’s Corner: Memory

August 1, 2018 I can’t remember telephone numbers any more. I used to remember them. I’d reach for that heavy unit hard-wired to the wall, and I’d simply dial a number without reference to anything but my own memory. I still remember a few of them. I could dial the number of the home where […]

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