Pastor’s Perspective August 6, 2020

The Jewish patriarch Joseph had a roller coaster life.  As a young boy, he was his father’s favorite and even received from him the gift of a beautiful and colorful robe.  His brothers, out of utter disdain, sold Joseph into slavery.  He experienced joy as a son, and sorrow as a slave.  Yet while a slave, he earned his master’s …

A Final Thought August 4 2020

According to Jewish law as recorded in Leviticus Chapter 15, a woman who has a discharge of blood shall be deemed ceremonially unclean for as long as the bleeding continues.  So long as she is ceremonially unclean, anyone who touches her or anything that she sleeps on or sits on becomes unclean as well.  Being unclean meant not being welcome …

Pastor’s Perspective July 30 2020

It has begun.  In the midst of the craziest year that most of us can remember, we now have the first tropical update from the National Hurricane Center that places our community within the dreaded Cone of Uncertainty.  For the uninitiated, this means that there is a possibility that a tropical system could pass directly over our Island sometime within …

A Final Thought July 28

Of all of Jesus’ teachings, surely one of the most difficult to keep is his command to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  There can be no doubt that this would have seemed impossible to do back when Jesus said it two thousand years ago.  Yet fast forward to today, in this era of social media …

Pastor’s Perspective July 23 2020

I dearly miss the sort of fellowship that we had regularly before Covid-19 assaulted our shores.  I miss the handshakes, hugs, and arms around the shoulder.  I miss the gatherings that we would have, planned or impromptu, and the unexpected, intimate conversations with people who I would have otherwise not encountered.  I miss seeing groups of people gather around for …

A Final Thought July 21 2020

When God gave Moses the Law, which is covered in the first five books of the Old Testament, there was instruction for a multitude of situations.  There was instruction covering personal interaction, instruction for worshipping, and even instruction for the judicial system.  As part of instructions for the judiciary, there was a concept that called for a proportional punishment for …

Pastor’s Perspective July 16 2020

Recently one of our native Islanders was featured in “O” magazine, the monthly publication put out by Oprah Winfrey.  To call this an honor would be an incredible understatement, as it means being seen by millions of people who regularly read the publication in print or online.  For Sallie Ann Robinson, it marks another step in her lifelong effort to …

A Final Thought July 14 2020

When Jesus addresses the issue of people taking oaths, as opposed to simply letting their “yes” be “yes” and their “no”, “no”, he is continuing a trend in his teaching where he is asking the audience to think smaller instead of bigger.  Don’t think about the act of murder, but instead think about being reconciled to each other.  Don’t think …

Pastor’s Perspective July 9 2020

Over the past several decades, ill-informed tour guides in the region have made several factually incorrect statements about our Island.  I guess there is something mystical about a small community accessible only by boat, so statements that would otherwise seem absurd are taken as true, being accepted without a moment’s doubt.  Therefore, occasionally tourists will arrive here already believing that …

A Final Thought July 7 2020

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spends time clarifying the true intention behind some of the commandments that God had given to Moses when they met on the mountaintop following the exodus from Egypt.  In the intervening centuries, Jewish rabbis had studied those commandments and interpreted them, adding their own clarifications as they taught them to succeeding generations.  During …

Pastor’s Perspective July 2 2020

Not once during this week did I give thanks to God for modern communications.  Like most Americans, I use my cell phone regularly for calls, text messages, and various apps that need access to some signal.  We have an internet connection at our home that allows several pieces of equipment to function as designed.  As communications technology has improved, it …