Remember, Recenter, Renew

By Rev. Jason Radmacher We’re tempted to make the winter seasons of our lives definitive, to say, “That person used to be something, but look at them now,” or “God, what did they do to get into such a state,” or “You know them, they’ve always been like that.” We make judgements in the midst […]

Check Yourself

by Rev. Jason Radmacher Text: Mark: 7 Striving to know and experience the substance of true religion was one of John Wesley’s animating principles, and, therefore, one of the defining characteristics of the Methodist revival that he led. Wesley sought to instill among his followers an honest desire for holiness. He wanted them, and us, […]

Sharp Minds and Tender Hearts

by Rev. Jason Radmacher Text: 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 The opening chapters of the book called First Kings describe a chaotic scramble that decided who would follow David as Israel’s king. These chapters tell us how one of David’s sons, Prince Adonijah, declared himself king while his father was still alive, only to have his plans undone […]

Waging Peace with the Armor of God

by Rev. Jason Radmacher Text: Ephesians 6 When you were younger, who represented the epitome of power in your mind?  Was it a teacher, a parent, a grumpy neighbor warning you to get off his lawn? One of the powerful people of my youth was the principal of my elementary school. In my five-year-old eyes, […]

Curse Hurlers and Dirt Throwers

by Rev. Jason Radmacher Text: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 Stories of kings and war heroes fill the Old Testament. David is both, but that’s doesn’t explain his relevance for people of faith today. No, what’s so compelling about David is that he embodies the truths on which our faith stands. It’s the truth that […]

The Great Week

by Rev. Jason Radmacher Text: Mark 11:1-11 Palm Sunday With its familiar chorus of “Hosanna” sung by green branch waving congregations, Palm Sunday is one of the most dramatic Sundays in the life of the Church. It’s been since ancient times. We know about Palm Sunday’s historic significance, in part, because of the diary kept […]

Revealer of Reality 

by Rev. Jason Radmacher Text: Jeremiah 31:31-34 Fifth Sunday of Lent The current issue of National Geographic is devoted to the topic of race. As usual, the print and online editions of the issue include several thought provoking articles and incredible photos. The cover story focuses on fraternal twins—one is black, one is white. Another […]

Snake Bit

by: Rev. Jason Radmacher Fourth Sunday in Lent John 3:16 is one of the Bible’s most treasured passages. Many Christians regard it as their favorite scripture, finding in these words a beautiful summary of the Good News and a powerful source of inspiration. Given the esteemed place John 3:16 holds in the hearts of God’s […]

Create in Me

by: Rev. Jason Radmacher Text: Pslam 51 Few people capture the imagination of Old Testament readers like King David. When he first came on to the scene, he gave hope to underdogs everywhere by bringing down Goliath, the ultimate one man wreaking crew. Although he was a youngest son, God chose him to be king. […]

Not Free Not to Love

by: Rev. Jason Radmacher Text: First Corinthians 8:1-13 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition […]