January 28, 2018 Peg Weissbrod
Change causes stress. There is an index that seeks to quantify levels of stress. Prolonged high stress can cause depression and illness. Just to note it has been found in studies that those who worship, pray, exercise and are part of a community have discernibly less stress. So coming to church is good for you! Read the rest of this entry »Tags: change, Deuteronomy 18, fear and longing, leadership, Mark 1, risk, stress, Ted talk, why, witness
January 21, 2018 Peg Weissbrod
You all know the story of Jonah, right? He is called to go to Nineveh and tell them to repent. Jonah doesn’t want to go and so he hires a ship that sails in the opposite direction – across the Mediterranean towards Spain! A big storm hits, the crew decide that it is Jonah’s fault and so they throw him overboard. He gets swallowed by a big fish and is vomited on the shores of Nineveh, and finally Jonah figures out that God is serious. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: catalysts, change, discerning God's call, fear, gifts, Jonah, Jonah 3, light, Mark 1:14-20, Moving Providence, Providence, Psalm 62:5-12
January 7, 2018 Peg Weissbrod
Happy New Year! I hope you are getting back into the routine of the day to day. Listen to these words of William Stafford.
It could happen anytime; tornado, earthquake, Armageddon: It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.
It could you know.
That’s why we wake and look out – no guarantees in this life.
But some bonuses; like morning, like right now, like noon, like evening.
(‘YES’ in Learning to Live in this world.” Read the rest of this entry »
November 12, 2017 Peg Weissbrod
These are hard texts to read and unpack. These are not “kumbaya” passages! You might feel bad for the poor maidens who got shut out of the party. You might be angry at the maidens who didn’t share. You may wonder about the fairness of God. You may focus on Joshua telling the people that God will punish them if they do not follow the rules– and wonder about the love of God. I am with you…. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: blame, change, choices, crisis, gun lobby, gun violence, hate, horror, Joshua 24, light, mass shootings, Matthew 25, NRA, parable of the bridesmaids, politicians, politics, religion and politics, responsibility, sacrifice, sanctuary, shine
November 29, 2015 Peg Weissbrod
Preparations for Christmas begin every year at this time. The season is called Advent, which means Coming. During this season we are to wait and watch and look for signs of the coming of God. We look for signs of Jesus – incarnation – God taking on flesh. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: advent, birth, change, Christmas, crossroads, fear, hope, Luke 21, pain, risk, staff, waiting