Tag Archives: lectionary

Binging and Stumbling

The themes Jesus presented in this parable sound familiar to us right now

Words Need Actions

“Words Need Actions” Matthew 21:22-32 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Sunday, September 27, 2020  “Who died and made you the boss?” That’s a question you may have heard or used when it comes to someone challenging your authority to do something. It’s never a positive question and usually one that gets a negative response or results in some kind of altercation. In these days when […]

Finding Rest in These Times

“Finding Rest for Our Souls in Times Like These” Matthew 11:16-19,25-30Delivered to Church for the HighlandsSunday, July 5, 2020 How many of you feel rested this morning? This is a holiday weekend, one when we typically take a break from work and enjoy celebrating our freedom as Americans. I was having a restful day until […]

When Following Jesus Involves a Sword

“When Following Jesus Involves a Sword” Matthew 10:24-39Delivered to Church for the HighlandsSunday, June 21, 2020, Father’s Day What is something you learned from your father or a father figure in your life? That question may cause you to pause for a moment, as there may be many lessons you can point to or it […]

“Living and Promoting the Jesus Way of Life”

Message Manuscript for “The Jesus Way of Life”   Matthew 28:16-20Delivered to Church for the HighlandsSunday, June 7, 2020 Have you ever seen those bumper and window stickers that say “Salt Life?” They’ve been popular for a while now but I still see plenty of them. If you aren’t familiar with “Salt Life,” The internet […]

Heavy load of Scripture for Sunday

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 […]

Pictures of a fool

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, […]

How to pray

do we really know how to pray?

More thoughts on the neighbor in the ditch

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 […]

Burdens to Carry

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 […]