JOHN CLAY BANGS

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"The Goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith" (1 Timothy 1:5, NASB)

 

June 9, 2020

As a Covenant Minister, I was asked today by my conference superintendent to review and affirm my commitment to the Resolution on Anti-Racism passed at our Annual Meeting last June.

I have to confess that my mind was distracted by other matters at that meeting and that...

March 24, 2020

Scripture:

Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. – Hebrews 12:3

Prayer:

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

We set our minds to contemplate…

…How your Son, without complaint or protest,

     Walked a...

March 24, 2020

Scripture:

Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,...

June 24, 2019

A homily on 1 Kings 19:1-15a and Luke 8:26-39, first delivered at the Village Life gathering on Saturday, June 22, 2019.

“What are you doing here?”

These five words comprise the oracle Elijah received from the Lord.

I wonder if he found it satisfying?

It seems likely he ho...

May 21, 2019

Homily for Easter Three, May 4, 2019

John 21:1-14; Acts 9:1-20


Jesus breaks into routines and transforms lives.

As a boy, I would sometimes visit my grandfather in the summer. Early in life, he owned Seattle’s Maple Leaf grocery store, and he and my grandmother settled o...

April 2, 2019

Homily for Soup & Bread, March 23, 2019

Luke 13:1-9

The ridiculous deposit of snow at our house—two feet plus—has finally melted. Then Spring arrived with eighty-degree temperatures. Boy, were we ready! We got back Sunday from a soul-filling weekend on Lopez Island with...

February 5, 2019

Homily for Soup & Bread, February 2, 2019

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Luke 2:22-40

I was born a lapsed Presbyterian.

Then I found Jesus at a spirit-infused Baptist revival. I took my first steps of faith with Methodists enamored with the Pentecostal gifts; soaked...

February 4, 2019

Scripture:

And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire,...

January 27, 2019

Scripture:

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish w...

January 13, 2019

Here we are: We have been called into worship by Isaiah beckoning us to “arise and shine,” even in the midst of dark times, with radiant hearts swelling with joy. We have joined the Psalmist in prayer for leaders who care for the afflicted and needy and outcasts—bringi...

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