“Street Theater”

~ Luke 19:28-40 ~ Quite a few years ago now, Linda and I had the opportunity to visit Strasbourg, France. Late one night after dinner we strolled into Cathedral Square. There, under the dramatic rise of the floodlit cathedral façade, was a theater troupe performing “Faust.” We were just fascinated … Read More

Jesus the Poor One

~ John 12:1-8 ~ 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 we … Read More

A Tale of Two Sons

~ Luke 15:11-32 ~ Stomping feet, slamming doors, fevered pitch voices — the battle rages. The teenage son is on the rampage. The beleaguered father tries to hold his own. “If you leave this house you’ll be grounded for the rest of your life!” “You can’t tell me what to … Read More

The Manure of Forgiveness

~ Luke 13:1-9 ~ OK, who’s to blame? Something bad happened and someone must take responsibility for it. Someone is to blame. Someone must take the fall. Fingers must be pointed! This seems to be the tenor of our civil discourse these days. It is a bipartisan phenomenon – both … Read More

Is God a Chicken?!

~ 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

Temptation of Accommodation

~ Luke 4:1-13 ~ The story today: Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, went into the wilderness for forty days where he was tempted by the devil. And so begins our journey of Lent in preparation for the celebration of Easter. But why do we begin the journey talking about … Read More