Posts by Cathy Johns

All Creatures Great and Small: Quiz

1. What is the smallest flower? 2. What is the largest flower? 3. What is the largest animal in the ocean? 4. What is the smallest animal in the ocean? 5. What is the largest bird? 6. What is the smallest bird? This Sunday we will be exploring the difference between how God and humanity […]

Madame Blueberry’s Quest

Madame Blueberry, of Veggie Tales fame, lives in a very nice tree house.  She has friends and is very comfortable; however, she has a yearning to always have more stuff. One day she receives visitors.  She is informed that a new mega store is opening soon.  They will have all kinds of incredible products available […]

The Power of the Magnifying Glass

Any good scout can teach you how to start a fire.  If you are lucky you have dry matches and dry wood, of course; but you can start a fire using one of these methods: Flint and Steel: By striking these two objects together over some dry kindling you can create a spark which will […]

Lessons from Dogs

Lessons from Dogs Dogs help us understand God.  They help us see how God operates.  Here are a few examples: They are always happy to welcome you home.   No matter how far away you strayed from the path, like a prodigal daughter or son, they rejoice when you come home. They just want to […]

Breaking Bread Together

Consider the joy of breaking bread together…. It is a wonderful thing to sit at the table with family or friends and share a meal together.  Good food, with great conversation, is a wonderful combination! This weekend we begin a new sermon series based on Henri Nouwen’s book, Life of the Beloved. In the next […]

The Doctor is IN!

Easter is many different things to many different people. Easter is my favorite day of the year. The victory over sin and death has been won. We are healed through the power of God who raised Jesus from the dead.  We join the voices of people around the world who claim the victory that is […]

Popcorn’s Seductive Power

Have you ever driven to a movie theater and given yourself a huge pep talk about how you are not going to cave in and buy the popcorn?  After all, you really are not hungry, and you know that you do not need the extra calories. You totally convince yourself that you are strong, fortified like […]

In the Cross of Christ I Glory

John Bowring’s hymn, written in 1825, continues to touch me each Lent: “In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time; all the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime.” Sir Bowring was a knight who served in Parliament twice.  A respected scholar, he was fluent in multiple languages, […]

Holding Hands

As we approach Valentine’s Day, I invite you to consider all the ways that we connect with others by holding hands: A mother holding the hand of her baby for the first time A father holding the hand of a child as they cross the street Walking with a special friend holding hands Holding hands […]

Do you Listen as well as a Sheep?

Barbara Brown Taylor, a nationally known preacher, shares: “In Palestine today, it is still possible to witness a scene that Jesus almost certainly saw two thousand years ago, that of Bedouin shepherds bringing their flocks home from the various pastures they have grazed during the day. Often those flocks will end up at the same […]