Posts by David Barry

Posts by David Barry

From Your Pastor, October 19

When the Right Thing Feels Wrong  We’ve all been asked to do things we don’t feel like doing. When I was a kid, it was taking out the garbage. As an adult, it tends to be the regular chores of keeping the house neat. My wife will gently ask me to participate in the chores she’s already doing. In that moment (when I don’t feel like helping), I have a choice between loving…

From Your Pastor, October 12

It’s a Matter of Respect  We don’t need to look farther than our political discourse today to illustrate the simple principle that some people are easier to respect than others. When people are rude to us, it’s hard to respond with kindness. But, there’s another category of person it is even harder to respect––people who aren’t just rude, but who are actually our…

From Your Pastor, October 5

Nothing’s Wrong? In my experience, the most common prayer requests among middle school students isn’t for God to heal somebody. It’s not for God’s help on a math test. It’s not for a pet to feel better or even for Lebron James to do well in his next game (although all of those have been shared as prayer needs). Actually, the most common “request” is not a prayer need it…

From Your Pastor, September 28

Back to the Upper Room Just before his death, Jesus met with his disciples and told them the things that they most needed while he was away. Everything he said was needful for them. It’s needful for us. Christians should never be too far away from the upper room. Early that night, just after he had washed his disciples feet and Judas had left to betray him, Jesus said:  …

From Your Pastor, September 21

Boasting & Praise  In the course of the Psalm 52, David meditates on boasting and praise. The evil man boasts in riches, but he praises the Lord. David sets up a contrast that is helpful to see. Both David and his enemy “boast” in this Psalm. The wicked boasts in evil, but David trusts in the Lord.  The psalm begins with a reflection on boasting in evil. This man…

From Your Pastor, September 14

A Song for the Sabbath Most of our Bibles have a superscription at the beginning of psalms. It’s a sort of title or a bit of musical information. One that has confused me on more than one occasion is Psalm 92’s “A Song for the Sabbath.” It’s simple enough on its face.  But after you read the psalm, you might notice that it never even mentions the Sabbath at all. The…

From Your Pastor, September 7

Foster Faithfulness One of the beautiful things about poetry is the intricacy of meaning that comes out the more attention you give to it.  That is especially true in the Psalms. There are depths to plumb and riches to explore if we will summon the effort for the endeavor. Let’s consider Psalm 37 (from the ESV) for example. It advises us not to give our attention or…