God is patient. 750 years go by after Isaiah was singing his song about a Prince of Peace, about Zebulun and Naphtali, about the land of Gentiles in Galilee seeing a Great Light. Seven and a half centuries roll by, and we come to Matthew chapter 4. “Now when he heard that John had been […]Read More Follow the Lamb
Back to the feeding of the five thousand. In John’s poetic prologue to his gospel, which is so important, John tells us something about the beauty of the Infinite entering into the finite. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the […]Read More There’s Just Not Enough
Still turning water into wine here… Mary, despite not actually asking her son to fix the problem of the wine running out, clearly shows a trust in him to be able to do something. So when Jesus says to her “What’s that for us?”, “His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” So […]Read More The Wine will Flow
“…. Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”” Mark 1:14-15 NIV. Rethink your life and believe something good is coming for you. Believe that. I know, some are more stubborn, some just have […]Read More Getting Lucky
Going to be looking at the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, but before that I’m going to look at what comes right before that parable. In other words, I’m going to set up the context in which we find that third of the most famous parables of Jesus. We’ve already looked at the […]Read More It’s Got to Be Somebody’s Fault…
So, we’ve been looking at the parable of the Prodigal Son for the past few messages. I have a question to ask, not just about this parable but Jesus ministry in general. That question is this – What is Jesus doing? What’s he doing in his table practice, excessive hospitality, his parables, his […]Read More Come to the Party. Please.
The parable of the Good Samaritan. One of the three most famous parables Jesus ever told, all three of which, coincidentally, appear only in Luke. The parable of the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and the rich man and Lazarus. These three parables have escaped the boundaries of the church, Christian teaching, or […]Read More Good Deeds
We began to look last time at Jesus’s Sermon on the Plain. As we look at this sermon, as well as the Sermon on the Mount, we need to realize that these are sermons for changing the world. Because despite our tendency to want Jesus to take us to heaven while leaving our world […]Read More Woe to You…
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?
Looking at a story of grief, weeping, and ultimately hope this morning. The story of Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha, one of Jesus’ dearest friends. Lazarus fell ill, so his sisters sent to Jesus saying “So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”” John 11:3 ESV. Jesus got the message […]Read More The Weeping