John 20:19-31: Unlocking the Doors

Second Sunday of Easter: April 28, 2019 There are two kinds of doors in this world: the kind we lock and the kind we unlock. We lock the front door when we go to bed. We lock the car door when we head into our offices for the day. We lock the medicine cabinet to … [Read more…]

Philippians 3:4-14: I Want to Know Christ

Fifth Sunday in Lent: April 7, 2019 audio What are your favorite stories about Jesus? Do you like his parables? Those brief, charming, witty, insightful stories that condense so much knowledge about the kingdom of God into such a small, but powerful narrative? Do you like his healing stories? Those miraculous, awe-inspiring stories that fill … [Read more…]

Luke 15: 1-3; 11-32: Coming to Ourselves

Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 31, 2019 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable: “There was a man who had two sons; 12 and the … [Read more…]

Luke 13:1-9: Taking Up Space

Third Sunday of Lent, March 24, 2019 audio In today‚Äôs gospel lesson, Jesus is confronting an age-old problem that had troubled people for millennia before his time, troubles us still, and will trouble our descendants for millennia to come: why do innocent people suffer? In the time before Christ people grappled with this question in … [Read more…]

Luke 4:1-13: Heart Wisdom

First Sunday in Lent, March 10, 2019 Epistle Lesson: Romans 10:8b-13 “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, … [Read more…]

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2: Mirror, Mirror

Transfiguration Sunday, March 3, 2019 Epistle Lesson: 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. But their minds were … [Read more…]

Luke 6:27-38: The Suffering Underneath

Seventh Sunday After Epiphany, February 24, 2019 audio Gospel Lesson: Luke 6:27-38 But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who … [Read more…]

Luke 5:1-11: Off the Deep End

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, February 10, 2019 Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 6:1-8 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, … [Read more…]

Luke 4:21-30: Tough Love

Old Testament Lesson: Jeremiah 1:4-10 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak, … [Read more…]

Luke 4:14-21: Strong in the Joy of the Lord

Old Testament Lesson: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 All the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had given to Israel. Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and … [Read more…]