People of Good Will

“Then the LORD said, ‘See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I (the LORD) will never again pass them by…I (the LORD) will rise against the house of Jeroboam'” Amos 7. 8-9 What does it mean to be a person of “good...

Whose Kingdom Is It, Anyway?

I.  The Plumb Line Our focus this week in Amos (Amos 7:7-13) concerns the use of a particular tool that isn’t commonly used these days: a plumb line.  When we were discussing the passage in the Darkwood Brew planning team meeting this week, someone asked if a plumb...

Who Listened to Amos?

In Dr. Elnes’ sermon this week, he retold the story of some car mechanics back in Phoenix, Simba’s Automotive. If you haven’t heard the story, ask him about it. I’ve heard it before, and I love it. I’m about to ruin the end of it for you, feel free to skip ahead to...

The Futility of Dams

This passage in Amos has always resonated for me. It’s incredibly poetic, and really captures the imagination. Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. It brings to mind Jesus calling himself the living water, and the water...

You Only Have I Known …

I. “You Only Have I Known …” In the 8th C BCE, Israel experienced an extended period of peace and economic prosperity.  The middle class became wealthy, and the wealthy became super wealthy.  It was a time full of optimism and hope.  To draw on an analogy from last...

Higher Powered

This week the prophets (both Amos and Frank) challenged us to consider our identity.  There is no denying that we inherently desire connections to form our identity.  Some of us feel that more strongly than others, very often due to our upbringing.  Some families...

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