• Open Prayer
    by pricecomm on September 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    September 26, 2021/James 5:13-20 This morning we return to the epistle of James after a two-week break.  Those early chapters were filled with warnings.  Don’t show favoritism to the rich person who comes into your church.  Don’t speak in anger; close your mouth and open your ears.  After […]

  • Seating Arrangements
    by pricecomm on September 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    September 5, 2021/James 2:1-10, 14-17 I had already aged out of the target audience by the time the first episode of the quaint little show aired nationally on public television.  The host was not your typical TV idol – gangly and awkward looking, soft-spoken almost to a whisper, perhaps it was […]

  • Words to Heal
    by pricecomm on August 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    August 29, 2021/James 1:17-27 I have never considered James a particularly favorite text.  All that talk about the problems of speech and anger, of shutting our mouths and opening our ears, while well intentioned and just right, is nevertheless hard to hear.  A hard word, about words.  A hard […]

  • Just Walk Away
    by pricecomm on August 22, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    August 22, 2021/John 6:56-69 There’s not much more disturbing to church leadership than having members walk out the door never to return.  And if a church has been open for more than a few years, it has some experience with people leaving.  You and I all know people leave churches for a variety […]

  • A Fragrant Feast
    by pricecomm on August 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    August 8, 2021/John 6:35, 41-51 Drive along Business 85 around Spartanburg at the right time of day, car windows open, and the gritty, grimy smells of the interstate will be replaced by the yeasty, doughy fragrance of fresh-baked bread.  It is the smell of home, of warmth and safety.  The aroma […]

  • Bread for the Day
    by pricecomm on August 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    August 1, 2021/John 6:24-35 Last spring, as the coronavirus pandemic began shutting things down – businesses and schools, restaurants and grocery stores – all of us had to adjust our ways of doing things.  In a world where grabbing something for dinner on the way home had become a norm, all of […]

  • A Shepherd Song
    by pricecomm on July 18, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    July 18, 2021/Jeremiah 23:1-6 Anyone who has read much of the Old Testament story of Israel knows that – even without help from corrupt kings or overthrow by defeating nations – they brought a lot of trouble on themselves.  But in case we think they alone are to blame for their forty years of […]

  • Election and Grace
    by pricecomm on July 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    July 11, 2021/Ephesians 1:3-14 “Jennifer Michelle, child of the covenant, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.” We don’t remember these words from our own baptisms, those of us who had the water poured over our heads as infants, but we hear […]

  • A Thorn in My Side
    by pricecomm on July 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    July 4, 2021/2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Thom Rainer, the former president of Lifeway Christian Resources, has written a lot about the church, including volumes like I Am a Church Member and Autopsy of a Deceased Church.  Not too many years ago, he wrote about the stages of pastoral ministry.  Year 1, […]

  • Apostolic Economics
    by pricecomm on June 27, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    June 27, 20212 Corinthians 8:7-15 I never took a class in economics – econ, the business students called it.  I should say, I never took a formal class in economics.  What I now realize is that all through my growing-up years and well into adulthood, I received regular lessons about economics […]