Jesus is the word of God translated into human flesh so we can understand it, so that it doesn’t remain abstract, ethereal, theoretical, distant. Jesus is the word, the logos, the wisdom of God translated into a human being so we can understand him. In the beginning the word spoke creation into existence because the […]Read More Seeking Signs
One last thought on Jesus’s first miracle, turning water into wine. Short and sweet, I promise. Jesus doesn’t just turn any old water into wine. Jesus turned water for ritual purification into wedding wine, and this too is a sign. The sign is that there is about to be a huge shift in how we understand […]Read More Please Come.
“They tell me to be discreet, for all intended purposes, they tell me revenge is sweet, and from where they stand I’m sure it is. But I feel nothing for their game where beauty goes unrecognized. All I feel are heat and flame, and all I see are dark eyes.” Bob Dylan. Jesus […]Read More Darkened Lamps
My first message in about a week and a half, went on family vacation, and I unplugged and recharged. Actually started this last Friday, I’m finally ready to share it with you… “Woe is me because of my hurt! My wound is grievous. But I said, “Truly this is an affliction, and I must bear […]Read More Sometimes We Cry
There’s something good coming. We all go through hard times. We all have struggles. But we don’t give up hope. Even in the midst of our trouble and hard times, we hang onto our hope. We hope that something good is coming, for you and for me. There has to be something good coming. Because […]Read More Something Good is Coming
If you pay attention, you may have noticed the frequency of these messages becoming less…frequent. Sometimes we all go through certain struggles and challenges in doing things we think are important, and i am going through some of those struggles in my spiritual life right now. You might say I’m in a “dry spell”, […]Read More Coming to the Table
The lectionary gospel reading from a couple of weeks ago was Mark 4:35-41, or as the ESV so simply captions it, “Jesus Calms A Storm”. It’s the culmination of a day on which Jesus has given many parables and much teaching, and occurs as Jesus and his disciples are on the way to the […]Read More Jesus is Sleeping
1 Thessalonians. The first Christian scripture. Paul’s letters were written before the Gospels, and the first of Paul’s letters wasn’t Romans, it was 1 Thessalonians. Paul had been preaching the good news in the Greek city of Thessalonica. These Gentiles, non-Jews, were coming to believe in the Jewish Messiah. That was the announcement, that […]Read More Hope. Or no Hope?
Coming back to the triumphal entry I started on last week. The true King of Kings, the true Prince of Peace has arrived in Jerusalem. He has arrived not like a war waging conqueror like Pharaoh or Caesar, he has arrived in the way of God. He has come humble and lowly, his feet […]Read More The King is Coming
Jesus touches the untouchable. The leper and the unclean, Jesus touches them. Jesus loves the unlovable, the tax collector and the prostitute. Jesus includes the excluded, the Samaritan and the prostitute. Jesus welcomes the banished, the prodigal and the scapegoat. Zacchaeus has a role to play in Jericho. He has a role to play in […]Read More Saving Zacchaeus