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

What’s With the Pancakes?

~ Matthew 6:9-18 ~ 9“Pray this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.10Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And do not bring … Read More

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