“Battle of Wits”

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~ Luke 20:27-40 ~ We live in a world of competing agendas. Different ways of looking at the world, of how the world works, of how to work in the world. These agendas are in conflict—ongoing battles between agendas. And with these competing agendas is lots of  talk, rhetoric. Rhetoric … Read More

“Dead, We Are!”

~ Luke 19:1-10 ~ On this All Souls’ Day when we remember those who have gone before, we can do that because we are alive. On this Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos, we can honor our dead and gone ancestors because, well, we are not dead. However, last … Read More

“An Entirely Unacceptable Parable!”

~ Luke 18:9-14/2 Chronicles 7:9-14 ~ Sometimes I’m tempted to pray…OK, I confess, I have prayed such a prayer: “I thank you, God, that I’m not like those people who thank God they’re not like other people.” Ah, the seduction of spiritual pride. In the volatile, outrageous, and angry climate … Read More

“Pursuing Justice Persistently”

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me … Read More

“He Was a Samaritan”

~ Luke 17:11-19/Jeremiah 29:4-7 ~ Thus says the God of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, … Read More

“Mustard Seed Faith”

~ Luke 17:5-10/Habakkuk 2:1-4 ~ So the disciples say to Jesus, “Increase our faith!” Seems like a completely legitimate thing to ask. Doesn’t every sincere Christian want to have more faith? And God knows we never have enough faith. These disciples, particularly, might have felt their faith was lacking because … Read More