Getting back into Luke, continuing to follow and attempting to understand Jesus more fully, to be more fully aware of who he was and the purposes for which he saw his own life and ministry. We are coming to the point in Luke’s gospel where Jesus is launching his movement. We’ve dealt with his birth […]Read More Fishing for Men
It’s amazing sometimes how we miss the pieces of the puzzle coming together. It’s all the more amazing to us when we have our eyes opened and can now see what we’ve always missed before. I’ve been reading N.T. Wright’s book “The Day the Revolution Began; Reconsidering the meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion”, and it’s bringing […]Read More Leading By Example
Back in Luke, following Jesus as he has passed through the midst of his hometown of Nazareth and went away from them, forced to escape in order to escape a premature death by being thrown off a cliff. Jesus had to escape because he did not participate in his hometown’s lust for vengeance. They wanted […]Read More What Have You To Do with Us?
Jesus’ parable of the laborers in the vineyard, straight outta Matthew. Jesus tells a story of a farmer who hired laborers in his vineyard. Some he hired first thing in the morning, some he hired about the third hour, then Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he hired more laborers. Finally, about the […]Read More Freely Given
Looking at the grace of God, a grace which surpasses all human understanding and comprehension. A grace which just makes no sense to us, because the only ways we can understand are the ways of our world, the ways we have learned and lived our whole lives. Consider this story of a shepherd and a […]Read More Ninety-nine Sheep
Back into Luke today. After his baptism and testing in the wilderness, Jesus returns to Galilee. He begins to preach throughout Galilee, especially around Capernaum. After a few weeks, he finally returns to his hometown of Nazareth. On the sabbath day he stands in the synagogue to read. And he came to Nazareth, where […]Read More A Prophet in His Hometown
I was just kind of ruminating while writing this, not sure I actually had a specific point to make. I thought maybe I would figure that out as I was writing. Hopefully I found a message worth sharing. This verse seems a fan favorite among followers of Jesus – For the law was given […]Read More What about Grace?
Ooops, thought I had published this days ago… After Jesus was baptized, he then was led by the spirit into the wilderness of prayer and fasting. Jesus about to begin his ministry of announcing and enacting the kingdom of god. During this forty days, Jesus is contemplating the nature of both his ministry and the […]Read More Means and Ends
“Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”” We come this morning […]Read More Into the Waters
The year is AD 28. Jerusalem is a powder keg. It’s about to blow. Jewish resentment and anger over their political situation is overflowing. It’s time to stop bitching and start a revolution. They’re fed up. Fed up with Rome, fed up with their priests. Rome had invaded one hundred years earlier, but they […]Read More What Shall We Do??