The Place to Be

Mark 4: 26-34 It is in the fourth chapter of Mark the readers and hearers are told if you don’t understand the parable of the sower of seeds, how will you understand all parables? In this chapter, there is the parable of the sower (we read together Matthew’s version last July), the parable of the…

Who Knows the Will of God?

Mark 3: 20-30 With the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost still in mind, we’re hearing about the work of Jesus in the Holy Spirit and how it was misconstrued on one occasion as the work of Satan. The story is going around that up in the Stanford Research Laboratories they have made an…

One At a Time

Isaiah 6: 1-8 In 1943, Thomas J. Watson, president of IBM, said, “I think that there’s a world market for about five computers. In 1946, Daryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century Fox, said, “TV won’t be able to hold onto any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired…

The Cat Was Out of the Bag

Acts 2: 1-24, 32-36 For years, Tony Campolo, renowned preacher, college professor and author, would speak at a Christian festival in central Pennsylvania. Thousands of young people would attend the festival which had a definite Pentecostal flavor to it. The festival always reached a crescendo on Saturday night. Tony was often the featured speaker on…

Ascending in Body and Spirit

Luke 24: 44-53 A specially chartered plane was carrying the Pope, the Secretary General of the United Nations, the smartest lawyer in the world, and an Eagle Scout on an international goodwill tour when it ran into a storm. When three of the engines and the hydraulic system started to fail, the pilot got on…

God’s Love Is That Close

John 15: 9-17 A man stood in his front yard accessing the damage to his front porch after a storm came through the night before. It didn’t appear severe, but he knew he didn’t have all the tools he needed to remove the damage and begin the work of repairing his house. Before long, several…

Like a Branch On a Vine

John 15: 1-8 The pastor asked a small boy in the church, “Can you tell me who made you?” The youngster thought a moment. Then he said to the pastor, “God made part of me.” The pastor asked, “What do you mean, ‘part of you?’” The boy answered, “Well, God made me little. I grew…

Because We Know His Voice

Scripture tells us in Acts 1 that Jesus stayed with his disciples for 40 days after his resurrection. His ascension that followed occurred ten days before the Jewish festival of Pentecost which occurred in the Jewish calendar 50 days after Passover; therefore, in the Christian calendar, we recognize the 50 day period yearly from Easter…

All I Can Do Is Tell the Story

Luke 24: 36-48 These days are full of the run-of-the-mill responsibilities for family and personal duties that capture our attention. Family and friends are under doctors’ care, loved ones are entering new jobs and relationships, unresolved issues both small and great continue to bite at our heals. All of this amounts to life in 21st…

Bear Witness

Mark 16: 1-8 I used to not like this account of the Easter story from Mark because Jesus doesn’t appear, but this story is more like our lives. When we talk about encountering Jesus usually in our moment or day of conversion, most of the time, we don’t talk about Jesus appearing before us or…

They Knew He Was There

Mark 11: 1-11 Back in January of 1993, April, Eli and I visited my parents, my brother, my sister and her family in Baltimore. While we were there, the inauguration of Bill Clinton was scheduled. We decided to go to D.C and see the inaugural parade. April and I met in Washington while in seminary…

Could I Have Your Autograph?

John 12: 20-26 Today, it all started with some Greek people who attended worship in Jerusalem during Passover wanted to see Jesus. I’ve been a big fan of Bob Dylan since I was in high school. I’ve seen him in concert five times. The most recent time was two years ago with our son in…