Old Houses and Old notions

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

londonJust west of London, England is the little village of Boxford. It is a small little community with thatch-roofed houses and quaint shops. Within it stands a little old house fixed near a very narrow waterway with a flow of water strong enough to power a waterwheel. For centuries the house had a mill grinding grain for the eating pleasures of the surrounding community. When visiting this old house in 1986, the waterwheel had long been removed, but the house was still being used as a dwelling. The roof of the old house was thick with thatching, and the gardens around the small waterway were abundant with blooms of flowers of many colors. Quite proudly, the woman told the group at her door of the fact that her old mill house had been standing for over a thousand years, and the mill was listed in William The Conqueror's Doomsday Book.
A little background is helpful at this stage. William The Conqueror was born in 1028 in the region of Normandy, France. When he was born, it would be many centuries later before the Allied Forces would fight one of the bloodiest battles in all of World War II on its sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. It was in 1066 when he and his forces sailed across the British Channel and conquered England in what has long since been referred to as the Norman Conquest.

Silence

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

silenceThe Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Psalms 1

The Letter

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

shutterstock 63566158-1 article         Have you ever received a letter that you prized simply because of who sent it? It may be that you have long held on to a letter from a relative who is now deceased, or maybe from someone who is famous in the public eye. Some years ago, I received a Christmas Card from the White House, and I refuse to believe it had anything to do with the fact that I sent money to help George Bush win the election. Suffice it to say, my address has not been sent any of those in several years.

Our Things

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

tombstone art         Little girls love to play dress up, while little boys enjoy running their matchbox cars down imaginary tracks all over the house. We learn it early—this sense of obsession with things. We collect them, we store them, we display them, and we use them. Life is so closely connected to our things that it is very difficult to identify ourselves apart from them.

What we often perceive ourselves to be is tied to the things with which we surround ourselves. Take, for instance, a forty-five year old man who has just bought his first Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Maybe, he has never owned a bike such as this. But something drives him to reach out and acquire this new animal. Call it a mid-life crisis or what you may, but sometimes that one something is what is necessary to make a statement of how we feel about ourselves.