Luke 18:1-8: Bothersome Widows and Limping Men

Back in the summer of 2013, like so many thousands of men, women, youth, and children who were fed up with certain actions being taken by our state’s General Assembly, I drove down to Halifax Mall every Monday afternoon to participate in Moral Monday protests. Over that summer I heard impassioned pleas, strident demands, fervent … [Read more…]

Luke 17:11-19: Faith in Strange Places

If you can imagine a map of Israel, you might close your eyes and see the small Sea of Galilee in the North feeding into the Jordan river and leading to the larger Dead Sea in the south: Galilee—the home of Jesus—at the top, Samaria in the middle, and Judea—where Jerusalem is located—at the bottom. … [Read more…]

Luke 16:19-31: Mind the Gap

When our daughter moved to Toronto in 2014, one of the things that Chris and I began to enjoy was to explore the city on its excellent metro system. I’ve never known there to be more than a 2-minute wait for the next train that will take us to Greek town, Chinatown, Little Italy, the … [Read more…]

Luke 16:1-15: The Direction of Justice

The master praised the crooked manager . . . because he knew how to look after himself . . . You can’t serve both God and the Bank. I have a really hard time figuring out how Jesus got from this parable to the moral he draws from it. “The master praised the manager . … [Read more…]

Luke 14: 1, 7-14: Is It Gospel or Is It Manners?

Do you remember that old commercial for Memorex cassette tapes where Ella Fitzgerald shattered a glass with her voice, and the voice over asked “Is it live or is it Memorex?” The selling point was that Memorex cassette tapes could reproduce sound so clearly and truly that it was hard to tell the difference between … [Read more…]

Luke 12:49-56: Faith on Fire

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, August 18, 2019 I was in kind of a quandary choosing hymns for this Sunday. There aren’t many hymns to the scorched-earth God, or many that plead with God to “lay that hammer down, boy!” Our hymnal—and, I think, our entire tradition of hymns—contains precious few hymns about the transforming power … [Read more…]