The Politically Incorrect Jesus

~ Luke 4:21-30 ~ “Political Correctness” has been one of the favorite cudgels used by conservatives against liberals for several decades now. The charge is that liberals have imposed language and policies on our culture so to not offend certain groups in society, groups that had traditionally been oppressed or … Read More

“Sound the Trumpets”

~ Luke 4:14 – 21/Leviticus 25:1, 8-10/Isaiah 61:1-3 ~ Sound the trumpet! [Trumpet fanfare sounded] Jesus has come home to Nazareth. It’s the Sabbath and Jesus goes to the synagogue. He stands to read from the Isaiah scroll. It is the kind of moment that evokes the feeling of a … Read More

They Have No More Wine

~ John 2:1 – 11; Psalm 36 ~ Even though I think it’s quite important, I’ve done enough weddings in my time to realize that my part is just a tiny bit of the whole thing called a wedding. As much as I lament the thought, I have come to … Read More

Remember Your Baptism!

Interior of ministry

~ Luke 3:15-17, 21-22/Isaiah 43:1-3 ~ Here it begins – the baptism of Jesus. The last few weeks –looking forward to Jesus birth in Advent and then the actual celebration of his birth at Christmas – it’s as if all of that were just a prelude. As far as the … Read More


~ Matthew 2:1-12 / Isaiah 60:1-6 ~ The stories of Christmas are resplendent with light. In Luke, the night is filled with light, as angels bring the good news of great joy in the radiance of the glory of the Lord: “And the glory of the Lord shone all around … Read More