In the Spaces – Lent 4

March 22, 2020
In the Spaces March 22, 2020 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: John 14:25-28 We’re alone now. We’re not really, but with all this social distancing it feels like we are. A…

Pandemic Love – Lent 3

March 15, 2020
Pandemic Love March 15, 2020 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Psalm 27 Sometime last week a song I hadn’t thought of for months beginning running through my head in an incessant…
Outside our Boxes March 8, 2020 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Matthew 12:38-50 The worst place I’ve ever been is a certain building in New York City. As we walked in…
Tempting Water (Vital Mark: Ecclesiastical Health) March 1, 2020 (Lent 1) Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Matthew 4:1-11 How do you think Jesus was feeling after 40-days in the wilderness? Pull…

Transfiguration Lecto Divinio

February 23, 2020
Transfiguration Lecto Divinio February 23, 2020 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Matthew 17:1-9 INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND Today’s scripture, the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus from Matthew’s gospel, has been following me around…
State of the Church (Columbiana) February 16, 2020 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Matthew 5:1-12 As First Presbyterian Church, Columbiana enters its 155th year of proclaiming the gospel among our neighbors,…

Salt. Light.

February 9, 2020
Salt. Light. February 9, 2020 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Matthew 5:13-20 Salt. Light. Salt. A pinch helps brighten flavor in food. A light dusting turns fries, chips, nuts into addictive…

Slippery Slopes

February 2, 2020
Slippery Slopes February 2, 2020 (Columbiana Only) Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Matthew 5:21-32 Whew! One week, one reading, just a handful of verses and we’ve got murder, anger, insults, lust…

Fishing for Peeps

January 26, 2020
Fishing for Peeps January 26, 2019 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Matthew 4:12-23 The other day, visiting my friend Harry Swank and thinking about this passage, I asked Harry about fishing.…

Prepared for Opposition

January 19, 2020
Prepared for Opposition January 19, 2020 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Matthew 14:1-12 John is not the first biblical prophet to find himself in trouble with the authorities. Elijah became ancient…