“Past and Future…Now!”

~ Isaiah 64:1-9/Mark 13:24-37 ~ I’ve always been fascinated with time-travel stories. The idea that time can be manipulated or warped has been the subject of many a book and movie. Fantasy pop culture movies abound – Back to the Future, Terminator, Peggy Sue Got Married and, of course, Bill … Read More

“Jesus Takes Sides!”

~ Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24/Matthew 25: 31-46 ~ When I was in high school, I spent a summer on staff at Woodbine Ranch, our Baptist church camp. My first week there I discovered that we were having “Inasmuch” camp. “What is ‘Inasmuch’ camp?” I asked. “You know ‘inasmuch as you have … Read More

“This Is Outrageous”

~ Matthew 25:14-30 ~ This is an outrageous parable. As I was reading did it make you wince? Of course, this means that I need to do a bit of deconstructing to make it palatable. OK, it will take a lot of deconstructing. So, let’s dig in. These judgment parables … Read More

“Children, Don’t Grow Weary”

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6/Matthew 25:1-13 ~ Bad theology – I grew up with it! The apocalypse, ‘end-of-the-world’ stuff – ‘The Rapture!’ I went to bible school with a guy who wrote a best-selling novel series called Left Behind. A really bad movie was made based on the series. Much of … Read More

“Hope in Fearful Times”

~ Revelation 7:9-17/Matthew 5:1-12 ~ I read the San Francisco Chronicle pretty much every day – online. But I get the Sunday edition delivered to my door. For many years now my first read on Sunday morning is my favorite Chronicle writer, Mick LaSalle, the movie critic. Good writer, I … Read More

“Jesus’ Mic Drop”

~ Matthew 22:15-22 ~ When President Obama dramatically dropped the mic at the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner everyone knew what it meant. There was nothing left to be said. Today, we know that dropping the mic means a triumphant conclusion to one’s performance or speech. It signals complete confidence … Read More