In his meeting with the woman at the well, we see how Jesus moves us from division, selfishness, and separation toward inclusion in God. A woman, Jesus, and the well which connects them Lent 3A | John 4:5-42 Growing up on Lake Huron, in the northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan, the living […]
Jesus could’ve used any old story. But he chose a widow and matched her up against a judge. A David vs. Goliath. A student against a tank. A tribe against an oil company. How the cries of the oppressed aren’t ignored by God. Proper 24C |Luke 18:1-18 She got a ticket for driving through a […]
This man, who appeared out of nowhere on the Sabbath, like the woman bent over, appeared out of nowhere for liberation. Because the Sabbath is for liberation. This man is freed from his affluenza. How Jesus provides the antidote to what is killing us Proper 17C | Luke 14:1,7-14 The full text and audio may be […]
For how many is the condemnation of GOD the crux of the gospel? Liberation as the work of the community Proper 16C | Luke 13:10-17 The full text and audio may be downloaded above.
The division Jesus brings is not to exclude, but to illuminate. It is division which reveals who we are and what we care about. Who we care about. It reveals our inner thoughts and expectations for GOD and the world. How Jesus Alters Expectations Of Justice Proper 14C | Luke 12:49-56 The full text and […]
We mistake our silos for safety. We hide in our bunkers and we think everybody else is hiding in their bunker. We make our friends into enemies and conspire to make ridiculous expectations and erroneous assumptions about them. That’s why we need to be awake. Because none of that division is true. Debt Forgiveness: How Jesus teaches […]
If we want a future, it won’t come through financial protection. It won’t come from hoarding or saving. It won’t come through expectations of inheritance or the division that comes from fighting over how we spend our money. Protection isn’t inherited, it’s found daily. Proper 13C | Luke 12:13-21 The full text and audio may […]
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.
The answer is revealed immediately when Jesus tells a parable about forgiveness and the man can’t see the parallel. He can’t see that he is that man. The one to which little will be given. The difference between shame and faith Proper 6C | Luke 7:36-8:3 The full text and audio may be downloaded above.
Signs are how we see who GOD is, that GOD comes through these people and is revealed to be a protector and a healer and liberator of the people. The widow and a gospel of transformation Proper 5C | Luke 7:11-17 The full text and audio may be downloaded above.