And now to finish out what I have to say (finally) about Jesus feeding the multitudes… First…the paragraph I finished with last time. Jesus says we don’t have to stay down here in the finite sphere worried and fighting. We can trust in God and connect with the beauty of the infinite. This is […]Read More The Horses of History
The first week of advent on the church calendar, so Happy New Year to all my brothers and sisters in Christ! Not exactly an advent message today, but maybe a little talk of mountain climbing… “The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. It shall come to pass in […]Read More Mountain Climbing
Today I have a meditation which I may or may not expand upon later. Part of my morning prayer time includes prayerfully reading the Gospel reading from the common lectionary, which is used by tens of thousands of churches worldwide. This weeks reading is the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25:14-30. I’m not […]Read More A Good Investment?
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??
Bringing a message that should have come days ago, nearly had this finished Thursday, opened my email on Friday and it was gone, so writing this for the second time now. Maybe I just didn’t have it right the first time, that’s the way it goes sometimes… The story of Naaman the Syrian, as recorded […]Read More Loving Enemies
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
Talking about good news today. Specifically the Good News of Jesus Christ, which is really just about the best news there’s ever been. This is the end of the sixth chapter of Mark. This chapter is loaded with action from the life of Jesus. It begins with Jesus being rejected at Nazareth, then he sends […]Read More On the Fringe
The first written record alluding to the sermon on the mount is not written by Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. It is written by Paul in Romans 12 probably 20 years before Matthew was written. So even before the Gospels were written, the earliest Christians were familiar with sermon on the mount. These earliest Christians […]Read More Repay Evil With Good
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the […]Read More Prince of Peace
600 years BC, before Christ, Jeremiah was a preacher and prophet in the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Jeremiah was specifically prophesying, through his prophetic poetry, to the backslidden people of Judah. It is from this poetry that we get these two prophetic verses – ““For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned […]Read More Written in the Dust