You Go First

February 24, 2019 | Luke 6:27-38

Somewhere in the middle of the instructions that Jesus is giving to his disciples, he stops to summarize what he has said so far.  Here it is:  “Love your enemies, do good, give and lend, expecting nothing in return.”  It is the last phrase—do all this, “expecting nothing in return” that is the kicker, the […]

“Wasted on the Wasted”

January 27, 2019 | John 2:1-11

Mary is one of those mothers who is tuned in to everything that is going on.  She’s watching the buffet table to make sure the stewed lamb and pita bread don’t run out.  Making sure everybody has a place to sit, a napkin and silverware.  Talking to the people who are hanging around the edges […]

“God is Coming As Something Small”

December 23, 2018 | Luke 2     

In telling the story of Jesus’ birth, Luke is telling a really big story, and the moral of the story is that God is coming into the world as something small.   Luke’s birth story begins with the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus, who has ordered that every citizen register to be taxed. The commander and chief […]

“Future Tense”

December 9, 2018 | Luke 1:5-25

Although the theme for this second week of Advent is peace, I’ve decided to keep working with the theme of hope. There is so much more to say about it.  So to begin, a brief re-cap of the three kinds of hope we talked about last week.  First, there is wishful hope, which is hope […]

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