Like poets, Jesus invites his followers to observe in our world those places where God breaks through so that we might revel in that joy. discovering Jesus in the world and sharing his love Proper 12A | Matthew 13:31-33,44-52 The work of the poet is discovery. After ruthless editing of course. Discovery. It begins first […]
As followers of Jesus, we are called into discipleship. But that doesn’t mean being more righteous than our neighbors but merely generous. Hospitality in an age of hostility Proper 8A | Matthew 10:40-42 This short gospel reading doesn’t seem like much. But if you’ve been following along the last few weeks, then you know it […]
In Matthew 10:24-39, we find the downside of discipleship, the hard stuff which would drive us away from it. If we didn’t know what’s at stake. from discipleship to civil rights to now Proper 7A | Matthew 10:24-39 There are certain times preachers don’t want to take on the gospel. Often because it’s hard to […]
When we take the Great Commission as our marching orders, we often make the same mistakes about Jesus the first disciples made. A journey through life in active relationship First Sunday after Pentecost | Matthew 28:16-20 These are the last words in the gospel of Matthew. Words which are often referred to as “the Great […]
In the ascension, Jesus leaves the followers with the vision, mercy, and love to do the work they were already doing, always called to do. The Power and weakness of God is in us, in our love and work Easter 7A | Acts 1:6-14, John 17:1-11 The book of Acts begins with an end. It […]
In Acts, the followers of Jesus show us what it looks like to follow Jesus. But are we up to accepting the challenge for ourselves? The challenge of trusting God in the 21st Century Easter 4A | Acts 2:42-47 You’ve probably heard the story before. It’s told several ways, but often goes something like this. […]
Jesus’s encounter with Nicodemus is one of the most compelling and confusing exchanges in John. But in it, we see our own confusions, ourselves. Jesus, Nicodemus, and the very mercy of God Lent 2A | John 3:1-17 There’s something hinky going on here. Jesus and Nicodemus and this late night visit. And how each of […]
We can’t find GOD by following our parents instead of Jesus. Jesus is trying to take us to GOD and all this stuff we’re focused on is not going to work. How Jesus’s short stories reveal so much Proper 18C | Luke 14:25-33 The full text and audio may be downloaded above.
Here a story of the powerful commander, the two kings who don’t have the right kind of power, and slaves, servants, and disciples who bear the very power of GOD. GOD’s Alternative Power Source Proper 9C | 2 Kings 5:1-14, Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 The full text and audio may be downloaded above.
So we don’t know what was going on in Peter’s thick skull. But here’s a thought. He needed to get to Jesus. Peter is always trying to get back to Jesus. The Call to Discipleship and Peter’s Redemption Easter 3C | John 21:1-19 The full text and audio may be downloaded above.