2016.10.16 Pentecost 22

Imagine a judge who didn’t fear God or man. Who would ever think they would get justice from someone like that? Yet even the unrighteous will do the right thing, if only to get someone off their back. But God is hardly unrighteous, and doesn’t answer prayer just to “get someone off His back,” but […]

2016.10.09 Thanksgiving

The story of the cleansing of the ten lepers is less about giving thanks, and more about knowing whom to thank. Thankgiving “to whom it may concern” misses the point. Only the Samaritan gave thanks out of pure gratitude, to the God in the flesh who is Jesus Christ. 2016.10.09 Sermon: Whom to Thank 2016.10.09 Bulletin […]

2016.10.02 Pentecost 20

If you are convinced you have enough faith, you don’t. If you are concerned you don’t have enough faith, you do. How can these things be? Jesus reminds us today that faith is not a quantity to be measured, but a humble trust that what Christ has accomplished for us on the cross and in […]

2016.09.18 Pentecost 18

The things God has given to hold on to, we squander, and the things he gives us to spend on others, we won’t let go of. That’s what Jesus is  talking about in today’s parable and teachings. Our God is merciful, and wants us to lavish mercy on others the way he lavishes good gifts […]

2016.09.11 Pentecost 17

We have all felt the pain of having lost something near and dear to us. It’s easy for other people to tell us to “let it go.” It’s not important to them. And they may not understand our rejoicing when we finally find what we’ve misplaced. The Lord feels the same way about his wayward […]

2016.09.04 Pentecost 16

There are certain things money can’t buy – or our good works, good intentions, or good feelings. Faced with the cost of building a tower to heaven, any sane person would realize they can’t pay the price. Yet so many in our world continue to think they will show up before the judge and “make […]

2016.08.28 Pentecost 15

Life today often seems to be a race to the top. Many people stop participating in church because it interferes with being the best at soccer, at school, or at work. We push and shove our way to the head of the line, the best seat, or the top of the organizational chart. Yet Christ’s […]

2016.08.21 Pentecost 14

Some people make their living by being close to the rich, famous or powerful. In the words of the old aphorism, they hope to “ride on their coattails.” Some feel the same about Christianity. Some even move close to a church building hoping it will provide some form of holy protection. But Jesus makes it […]

2016.08.07 Pentecost 11

“Abraham believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). “The righteous shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4). “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (John 6:29). “For by grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). The Scriptures are unanimous: […]