The AuthorThis is the blog of Andy Croel. I am a United Methodist Pastor serving in Michigan.
The NamePulpiteer [puhl-pi-teer] noun a preacher by profession One who speaks in a pulpit;
This week is Transfiguration Sunday, and in worship we remember and contemplate the Transfiguration of Jesus upon the mountain. The sermon comes from 2 Peter 1:16-21. The interesting thing is that Peter references the Transfiguration when affirming the truth of what they had seen. It was Peter’s experience with Jesus that drove him in his witness. So, how have we encountered Jesus?
This week we look at Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 especially considering verse 18 where we receive the command to love our neighbor as ourselves. These verses in Leviticus 19 deal with how to behave towards neighbors, and they give some practical down to earth advice on loving neighbors. So how do we, as a church in 21st Century America, love our neighbors when there are so many changes in our culture and world?
This week we look at Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Moses’ farewell address to the Israelites before the enter the Promised Land. He lays before them their two directions they can go: Love God and have life, or reject God which leads to their demise. We have the same choice before us throughout our lives. This week’s sermon was cut a bit short, I apologize, but you get a chunk of it before it goes off.
This sermon examines Matthew 5:13-20. I especially focus on Jesus statements to the disciples, “You are the salt of the earth,” and “You are the light of the world.” This is an amazing statement about who we are to be – and has implications on how we understand our lives.
Here is a picture of the pepper I mention: