Being a child of the age, my morning newspaper ritual involves a cup of coffee and opening the Daily Memphian app on my phone. Which is where, on Wednesday, I saw that the final lineup for the Beale Street Music Festival had been announced.
Dear Jesus, son of Joseph,
Congratulations on writing your first sermon and submitting it for publication here at Pulpit Press, Inc.
Getting a call late on Saturday afternoon to preach, I was relieved to remember that today we celebrate the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. It is a sweet story and one I need to hear. Though I don’t know about you, I expect you, as I do, feel the need of a story of hope and optimism, of promise and completion.
Peter was given a choice – a choice to do something different, a choice to follow and perhaps to help create a different way, a choice to go on an adventure that could change him and even change the world. Jesus gave Peter his first and only chance to go into the regions beyond.
Several centuries ago, people on the island of Yap had a problem. They wanted to transform their barter economy into a money economy. But there was no gold or silver or any of the usual stuff of money to be found where they lived…