Pay What You Owe

Matthew 18: 21-35 These days we’ve talked, listened and considered several stories from the gospel of Matthew. These months in the liturgical, church calendar between the day of Pentecost and the first Sunday of Advent we’re meant to learn as the disciples learned from Jesus about how to live as citizens of a new kingdom,…

As If Your Life Depended on It

Matthew 18: 1-10 These verses call the reader and listener to respond with vigilance, a wide awake, sober, alert Christianity. It begins with disciples asking Jesus who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. It’s a curious question. Is Jesus supposed to point out the greatest? Is he supposed to say a name? Is…

Believe! Its God’s Business!

Matthew 16: 21-23 Peter could very well have thought Jesus’ words were not a revelation from God but simply wrong. Peter believed Jesus to be the Son of the living God, one who was close to the source of all truth and love. He was right. He received revelation from the Father about this. He…

We Live Intertwined

“The needy in this world do put a strain on the resources, abilities, and patience on those dedicated to serve and minister. They shouldn’t be confused with the evil ones sown by the devil in this parable. Lazarus in Jericho, the beggars along the way and the woman at the well are not the same as the Pharisees, Sadducees, Herod and Pilate.”

How’s the Soil?

Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23 I collected Hunt’s tomato can labels in the fourth grade. It earned me a pine tree sapling. My mother and I planted it. My father didn’t know about it. The next time he cut the grass he ran over it. We planted it in place of a large tree that was…

We Carry Keys

Perhaps by virtue of the ever abiding presence of the Holy Spirit a calling which had never departed, but in those words spoken generations ago “I felt my heart strangely warmed (dare I say),” and something came alive in me again.

Only Jesus Can Do That

Jesus is our source for all redemption. He has paid the price for our salvation, our freedom, wholeness and ultimate healing and the redemption for all the world that God so loves.

The Hole in the Roof

Jesus’ response to what he saw was more shocking to his audience than a hole in the roof. “Your sins are forgiven.”

Do It Like Jesus

“If you are to be a follower, a disciple, a learner of Jesus, you will come to that point of seeing the harassed and helpless and be overcome with compassion.”

Two Prayers

What are you praying these days? Is discouragement overrun by confusion while case numbers continue to rise, friends are furloughed, and justice is far from fulfillment?

Why Couldn’t We? (You Give Them Something, Part 2)

Lord, if you’d been here, our brother would not have died. In that moment I might have heard a friend pray that. I might have thought, But the Lord was here in his church, and your loved one died anyway. What are the learners of Jesus learning?

You Give Them Something

In compassion, Jesus drew close to the sick, festering and broken. In compassion, the learners of Jesus pushed them away for the crowd’s own good.