Wow. Another heavy load of Scripture readings for this Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary. By heavy I mean not so hard to read but difficult to carry all week and deliver on Sunday. Here’s a quick summary: Isaiah 5:1-7–Isaiah shares God’s words about the devastation and destruction coming to Israel (the vineyard) because “he […]
Message Manuscript for “Just Do Good” Isaiah 1:1,10-20 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Sunday, August 11, 2019 A term I’ve heard a lot in this past week is “tone-deaf.” I’ve heard it in news reports, seen it in tweets and posts, and even used it myself in conversations. The reason it has been so […]
The gospel text for this Sunday is Luke 12:13-21, the Parable of the Rich Fool. 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, […]
do we really know how to pray?
I’m preaching on Luke 11:1-13 (NRSV) this Sunday. As always, I’m on the hunt for images that illustrate the text, a help for me as I think and pray through it during the week but also for people as they hear the text read on Sunday. He was praying in a certain place, and after he […]
My sermon for this week, “What I Can’t Do Without My Neighbor: When I’m Half-Dead,” is posted here on Medium. Also, video from our church’s livecast is here.
As I continue to study the text (Good Samaritan parable) for this Sunday, N.T. Wright’s take (Jesus and the Victory of God) on it is as challenging as it is helpful. He sees the parable as Jesus’ way of teaching the lawyer–and Israel–to take a completely new and different view of what it means to be […]