I Samuel 25October 13, 2019Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Background to scripture: Saul was the first King of Israel but he wasn’t a very strong King and after some missteps, God tells the prophet Samuel that God has chosen the young man David to be King instead. Since Saul remains on the throne until … More David and Abigail
Saul and the Donkeys I Samuel 9:1-6, 15-17, 10:14-16October 6, 2019 Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott What do donkeys have to do with Kings? Here in Chapters 9 and 10, we have the story of the anointing of Saul as the first King of Israel, chosen to bring together the twelve tribes under one rule … More Saul and the Donkeys
September 29, 2019Judges 13:1-5, 15:1-11 Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Let’s begin by getting the bad joke out of the way. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible? Samson — because he brought down the house! Most people, even the biblically illiterate, have heard of Samson and the long hair that gave him superhuman … More A Nation of One
Judges 6:36-40Union University ChurchSept 22, 2019Reverend Laurie DeMott In 1200 BCE, 1200 years before the birth of Christ, the people of Israel lived unsteadily in the Promised Land. They had entered under the leadership of Joshua, and eventually the twelve tribes had each settled in different areas of Canaan — modern day Israel — where … More Signs of Snow
Joshua 20 September 15, 2019 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Way back in the Dark Ages, after I graduated from college and before I had decided what to do with my life, I spent three months traveling the US with a college friend. When I left on my trip in September, I said goodbye … More Refuge, Refuge
The Burning Bush Exodus 3:1-12September 1, 2019 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott When I was a teenager, my family had a dog named Jenny who, in her old age, developed a condition called “selective hearing loss.” When she was outside, enjoying a walk in the yard smelling all of the animals that had visited the area … More The Burning Bush
August 25, 2019Genesis 37 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Joseph was a brat. In spite of the glorification of Joseph in our Sunday School lessons, he wasn’t the kind of guy you would have wanted to share a cubicle with. We are introduced to him with the words, “He was a helper to his … More How Do You Feel about Moral Values?
Genesis 32:22-32August 18, 2019 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott My sister’s two year old granddaughter, Marqui, is the spitting image of my sister when she was that age, right down to the bright blue eyes and Shirley Temple blond curls. Wendy looks at her granddaughter and says, “My DNA has landed.” There is no … More Do You Have Any Idea Who I Am?
Genesis 25:19-26July 14, 2019Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott For the past couple of weeks, I have been recording bible stories and posting them to a podcast called “Summer Bible Stories for the children of the Union University Church.” Although I am supposedly recording them for the kids, I know some adults are listening as well … More Biblical Family Values
excerpts from Genesis 24July 7, 2019Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Abraham and Sarah’s precious son Isaac, named for laughter because of the joy he brought into his parents’ life when he was born, has now hit puberty and his father has stopped laughing. To Abraham’s dismay, Isaac is showing all the signs of awakening … More Greasing the Divine Wheels