“Rise Up from the Ashes”

~ Luke 24:1-12/Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 ~ Happy Easter! As the psalmist says, “This is the day that God has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. But even as we declare that we are much aware that things happen in this world that are not so “rejoiceable.” Horrified, this … Read More

“Such Drama!”

~ Luke 19:28-40/John 12:12-16 ~ As you well know Jesus told many parables in his ministry to the people. Now these spoken parables were made-up stories. There wasn’t an actual Good Samaritan. But Jesus didn’t just tell parables. He also acted parables. An acted parable was an event in which … Read More

“You Always Have…”

~ John 12:1-11 ~ It’s after sunset on the evening of the Sabbath. The next morning on, the first day of the week, Jesus will enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey to the shouts of “Hosanna” and “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God,” which, of … Read More

“Party On!”

~ Luke 15:11-32/Psalm 32 ~ Linda and I had the opportunity, recently, to visit the Legion of Honor in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. Built to honor Californian soldiers who died in World War I, it houses a very impressive array of Auguste Rodin sculptures. One of them is The Prodigal … Read More

“Generous Justice”

~ Isaiah 55:1-12 ~ Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does … Read More

“Under Her Wings”

~ Luke 13:31-35 ~ We’re sitting around the blazing campfire under a starlit sky. We’ve had a good, hard day climbing up to this 10,000-foot high meadow. And now, after having set up our tents and cooked our supper, we are enjoying the fire as we sip our hot chocolate. … Read More