June 15, 2020
My first podcast in 3 months - thank you, COVID19 - I stumbled across an old sermon from 1996, preached on Father's Day, wondering about "God the Father". The Gospel is Matthew 9:35-10:8 and although I wouldn't give the sermon high marks for exegisis*, the Gospel does get a mention....
*Exegisis - fancy word for critical examination of text. Who says that my degree in Classical Greek was a waste of time??
April 12, 2020
Rev. Seli woke up very early on Easter morning and had a sudden inspiration to make sense of the past 3 days... unscripted, Norm connects Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday in an "Easter Cycle" that embraces humanity, divine relationship and real change. Or it's just 38 minutes of early morning incoherence. We're hoping for the former, even as we apologize for the latter. Happy Easter!
April 4, 2020
Rev. Norm Seli spends some time wondering if God has abandoned us and how we might see Jesus in our current time and place. He considers the words of the Prophet Jeremiah as well as the Gospel of John. (Spoiler: Norm sees Jesus)
March 26, 2020
Rev. Norm Seli wonders about hope in this "Time of Covid" - perusing the thoughts of Paul (Romans 5:1-5); the acts of Jesus (Luke 7:11-17) and a story about the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 17:8-16)... can we be hopeful? And how, exactly do we do that?
March 18, 2020
Rev. Norm Seli wonders about an encounter with Jesus and tries to answer his question "Who do you say that I am?" (Matthew 16:13ff)
March 8, 2020
Rev. Norm Seli considers Nicodemus' visit with Jesus (John 3: 1-17) and wonders what it might mean to be "Born from Above" or "Born Again". Could it be as simple as he thinks?
March 1, 2020
Rev. Norm Seli enters into Lent by connecting the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2,3) Jesus' temptation in the desert (Matthew 4: 1-11) and Communion and wonders about science, life, temptation, dancing and the matrix of life - you know, simple stuff.
February 23, 2020
Focusing on Matthew's telling of the Transfiguration (Matt 17:1-19) and the challenge of Peter (2 Peter 1: 16-21) who insists that he was a witness to it all, Rev. Norm Seli wonders about what really happened up on the mountain with Jesus and if it continues to happen today...
February 16, 2020
From the Wisdom of Sirach (Sirach 15: 15-20) encouraging us to choose life, through Paul's assessment of the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 3:1-9) that are still Spiritual Children to the harsh words of Jesus that we should be hacking off hands and gouging eyes for you sins (Matthew 5:21-37) wonders about the nature of love and what we're supposed to do with it. Think of it as a very odd Valentine....
February 9, 2020
Rev. Norm Seli starts by shouting... a lot. He reads and wonders about Isaiah's words (58:1-9) in which we are told that God is not impressed by our fasting and rituals of worship. Norm wonders why we bother, then. He also wonders about how we are supposed to navigate this conflicted confusing world in 2020 and what worship has to do with any of it. Sounds peculiar? You're probably on to something... Norm may be, too.