Lessons

Fred has taught Sunday School classes for over 35 years.  Almost always, people say: “I’ve never thought about it that way before.”  Every week we will add lessons to this archive.

The Resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15

I like to think that all of us are living in a gradual revelation of Jesus in our lives of one kind or another. We never get there completely but I think what we experience over time is probably better than getting everything at once. Everything at once would overwhelm us. Emily Dickinson said this: “Too bright for our infirm delight The truth’s superb surprise; The truth must dazzle gradually Or ...[Read More]

Truth or Consequences: 1 Corinthians 5:1-6:20

What do we do when we disagree with some of the fundamentals not only of the faith but of the created order? What do we do when we live in a culture that desires to redefine not only right and wrong but what is true and false? 1.  First, Paul is addressing not simply a particular sin – a man sleeping with his mother or step-mother – but the attitude of the church toward it. They are not only accep ...[Read More]

Paul in Athens: Acts 17

Some of you probably remember the movie “Sunset Boulevard” with William Holden and Gloria Swanson. It is the tragic story of a fading movie star (Norma Desmond) and a young writer (Joe Willis). Norma desperately believes with a break, a screen test and some powder and rouge, she can make a return. She doesn’t call it a comeback. She will not use that word, in fact. William Holden says to her when ...[Read More]

The Philippian Jailer: Acts 16

It’s easy to read Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi and not connect it to the people to whom he wrote. The words are so lovely. The scope of the theology is extraordinary and the depth of his emotion and attachment to them has inspired millions of people for thousands of years. Other than 1 Corinthians 13 there is likely no passage that surpasses Philippians 2 in describing the character and ...[Read More]

Peter’s Vision in Joppa

1.  Three years ago when President Obama renewed diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba he said, “the United States will not be imprisoned by the past.” As I remembered and thought about the lesson this morning, I realized there is a connection between the two. It’s a connection that applies not only to nations but to organizations, corporations, churches, communities and individuals. How can we ...[Read More]

Three Roads

The Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” begins with these lyrics: “It was twenty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play They’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile So may I introduce to you The act you’ve known for all these years Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Well, almost to the day it has been twenty years since Carol a ...[Read More]