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 […]

Timely words from N.T. Wright’s Luke for Everyone re the Good Samaritan parable for Sunday’s gospel text: “No church, no Christian, can remain content with easy definitions which allow us to watch most of the world lying half-dead in the road.  Today’s preachers, and today’s defenders of the gospel, must find fresh ways of telling […]

Even though the “Good Samaritan” story is familiar and still oft referenced in our culture and world, I’m glad to see that it’s in the lectionary for this Sunday.  It’s always timely but certainly so as religious folks are having so much trouble identifying who their neighbors are and, if doing so, showing them mercy. […]

Message Manuscript for “Burdens Carried Here”   Galatians 1:1-16 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Sunday, July 7, 2019 Jinny and I ran the Firecracker 5K this past week on July 4.  Our kids ran in the children’s part of it a long time ago but we had not ever run it. Running a 5K […]