In the Storm

In the Storm

Our story this morning isn’t their first encounter with stormy seas, or with their boat being battered, or with the disciples calling out for Jesus to rescue them, or with Jesus stilling the storm… And it’s clearly not the first time Jesus asked them why they have such little faith. The stories are so similar… but they’re not the same. They’re not the same...

The Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel

Like all the other early stories in Genesis, this story serves a simple purpose. It serves as an etiology, an explanation of why the world is the way it is. This time the question is why there are so many different languages - why there’s Chinese and English and Arabic and every other language that is and ever was, with every variance and dialect over time and space. And how is it that people are scattered to the four corners, living in every habitable corner of the earth? How did we humans become so different from each other? 

The Promise

The Promise

In the end, this isn’t really a story about Noah, its not about whether or not a global flood actually happened, and its not about the measurements required to fit every animal on earth on a boat…

In the end, this is a story that was passed down to tell us about God’s relationship with creation… This is a story to tell us about the time that God decided to love the world, and that God still loves the world now.

And, Ultimately this is a story to tell us that God decided to endure the ups and downs, the good days and bad, to be in relationship with us. To not abandon hope for us, and destroy us again, but to love us even with our brokenness.