Continuing my advent look at what we mean when we call Jesus king, because we sing all of our Christmas Carols about this newborn king. The newborn whom we would ultimately call King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. But, the question is, what do we mean when we call Jesus king? Beginning with 2 […]Read More The Greatest Conqueror
The Pharisees theology always had the danger of causing them to be unkind to the poor and sick. When they mocked Jesus for saying they could not serve God and money, Jesus gives them the Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus. Or, we might say, a story of hell and how to get there. […]Read More What is Hell??
The parable of the Prodigal Son. The greatest, most famous parable Jesus ever told. It’s the gospel within the gospel. This is going to take a while, so I will probably be in the story for at least a week. At least it’s a story we all seem to like, amen! This story still […]Read More Indiscriminate and Irresponsible
I’ve been working on this since Monday, guess I’m slowing down in my old age. This may be something of a counterpoint to the point I made last time, about blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Or, at least part of a solution, a cure, to the unholy lives we lead while claiming to have the […]Read More An Easy Yoke?
Just had a random thought enter my mind during my prayer time this morning. I’ve never thought about this before, and this thought line may be totally undeveloped for now, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. Just had a thought about this particular verse of scripture – Truly, I say to you, […]Read More Chills
Finishing what I started the other day. Some who read this, won’t like it. Let him who has ears to hear, hear. Jesus responds to the lawyer who’s asked him “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He responds “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You […]Read More Go and Do Likwise
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?
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
“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
Looking at Mark 4 today, specifically the story of Jesus calming the storm. If you don’t know this story, then here it is. It is the story of Jesus and his disciples getting into a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee when a great storm comes upon them. On that day, when evening had […]Read More In God We Trust