I’ve been working my way through the gospel of Luke, now we are into chapter 19. Ever since chapter 9, Luke has been retracing the final journey of Jesus to Jerusalem. From right after the transfiguration in chapter 9 to the triumphal entry at the end of chapter 19, Jesus is on a journey from […]Read More Little Rich Man
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
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?
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
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
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
“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
The genealogy of Jesus. You can’t even begin the New Testament without at least skimming it, putting our best speed reading glasses on and plowing straight through. At least we might pretend to plow through. If you’re like me, you might read through, get to the end of it, then wonder if you even read […]Read More Losing our Souls