Psalm 51 • Genesis 2:4-3:7 • Romans 5:12-21 • Matthew 4:1-11 The Season of Lent is upon us! Alexander Schmemann refers to the Lenten season with the oddly parodoxical phrase, “The Bright Sadness”. For the 21st Century Christian this “Bright Sadness” is a season of intentional and purposeful sorrow. But, this intentional sorrow is not…Details
Tomorrow night Wheatland celebrates our annual (well we did it last year) Fat Saturday service. Join us for a time of worship, celebration and feasting.
Bring your favorite Mardi Gras inspired dish. Worship and feasting begins at 5:30!
Psalm 99 • Exodus 24:12-18 • Philippians 3:7-14 • Matthew 17:1-9 Fat Saturday is Wheatland’s take on Mardi Gras. It is our last feasting celebration before we enter into the season of Lent. Join us Saturday night for the feast. Bring any Mardi Gras inspired dish, or anything you want, with plenty to share. The…Details
Psalm 62 • Isaiah 49:8-18 • I Corinthians 4:1-13 • Matthew 6:24-34 Christians often don’t know what to do with the Old Testament. Have you ever noticed that most of the Old Testament stories we learn when we are in Sunday school? As adults don’t “go there” very much. The Old Testament is a too…Details
Psalm 71 • Leviticus 19:1-18 • I Corinthians 3:10-23 • Matthew 5:38-48 The season of Epiphany will soon give way to the season of Lent. Before we start talking about fasting, repenting, reflecting, etc. let us address one or two things more about the Epiphany. As we’ve mentioned before Epiphany is a reference to the…Details
Psalm 119:1-16 • I Corinthians 3:1-9 • Matthew 5:21-37 • Genesis 32:22-32 This past week I referenced the story of Jacob wrestling with man by the river Jabbok at a place he later called Peniel. Afterour discussion on Saturday night about engaging the stories of the Old Testament even when (maybe especially when) we don’t understand…Details
Psalm 27 • Habakkuk 3:2-19 • I Corinthians 2:1-11 • Matthew 5:13-20 The season of Epiphany highlights both the introduction of Christ’s ministry and the content of his ministry. We observe Christ’s baptism which marks the beginning of his public ministry and reveals Him as God’s Son. We see his visitation by the Magi and…Details
Psalm 37 • Micah 6:1-8 • I Corinthians 1:18-31 • Matthew 5:1-12 During the season between Epiphany and Lent we examine some of Jesus’ primary teachings. The core of Jesus’ teaching is the Sermon on the Mount. Delivered more than once this body of teaching was expressed in various ways throughout his teaching ministry. His overarching…Details
The story goes that after a prolonged search the young man finally finds a suitable rabbi and asks if the rabbi would be willing to tutor him. But upon seeing this youth the rabbi simple smiles and says “You are too young and have too little life experience for the lessons I have to teach. Come back to me in ten years”.
But the young man is full of a confidence that borders on arrogance and so responds, “I may be young but I have already mastered Aristotelian logic and symbolic logic. Test me. Ask me any question you want and I will prove to you that I am ready.”
The rabbi thinks for a few moments and then chooses a question: “Two men descend a chimney. When they get to the bottom, one man’s face is covered in soot. Tell me, which one washes his face?”Details
Psalm 139 • Amos 3:1-8 • I Corinthians 1:10-17 • Matthew 4:12-23 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” – Matthew 4:17 Several years ago a dear friend of mine reacted negatively to a “repentance service” at which we were both in attendance. His aggravation…Details