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
“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??
Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel. The prophets Simeon and Anna both greet Jesus at the […]Read More A New Beginning
In the Jesus story, right now looking at Mary the mother of Jesus and the world she lived in. It’s a world with a booming economy, but lots of people get left out. But in this booming economy, in this world where Caesar is called the “son of god”, the angel Gabriel comes to Mary […]Read More Rejoice!
Back into the story of Jesus and the virgin birth. The story of a young virgin who’s about to become a teen mom, who’s about to become a teen mom despite the fact that she has not left home to live with her betrothed, despite the fact that her marriage has not been consummated. […]Read More Darkness
Strolling through Gospel of Luke during this season of advent as we wait for the coming of Messiah, the Christ. I want to meet Jesus, and I mean really meet Jesus, beginning right now in this season of advent. I want to be reintroduced to this story that saves the world, I want […]Read More Who???
The parable of the Good Samaritan, a story so powerful the we still us the term “Good Samaritan” to describe someone who goes out of their way to help another, expecting nothing in return. 2000 years later, this story still inspires to us to become better people. But, as with so many if Jesus […]Read More What Will You Do??
So, last week, I asked the question, “Does God bring the famine?” You may not agree with me, but my answer to this question, again, is an emphatic NO! In fact, as we see with the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ the Son of God, wherever he is, nobody goes hungry, everyone gets what they […]Read More What We Need
In my message a couple days ago about Jesus being “perfect theology”, I asked the question “does God shun sinners?” To which I answer emphatically NO, he welcomes them. There are many “proof texts” I could use, but the one that comes quickest to mind for me is this from Matthew – But when he […]Read More Desiring mercy, not sacrifice