I Cor. 2:1-12; Matt. 5:13-20 In the movie, Analyze This, there’s a line repeated again and again by the two main characters: “You are something!” “You are something!” I want to fill in the blanks of what that something is because you are something. Don’t take this the wrong way because this is not a group […]
Micah 6:1-8; Matthew 5:1-12 “What is a human being for?” asks Wendell Berry. There are a variety of answers. During Super Bowl Media Day, a boy had fought through the media throng, was face to face with Pete Carroll, and asked if the coach had any advice. “Wherever you want to go, you just keep […]
Matthew 4:12-23 The Gospel of Jesus has been hacked. Our memory of how Christians in the past have lived, our memory of what it actually means to be Christian, is being systematically deleted. The hackers have implanted a “virus” in the mainframe of Christianity. Only a few have noticed – theologians mostly. But almost no […]
John 1:29-141 The 3rd Sunday after Epiphany celebrates the witness of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His commitment to non-violence has often been overlooked because of his powerful work for civil rights, but we consider the gospel of nonviolence this week.
Matthew 3:13-17 Baptists should make more of baptism than anyone else. After all, take a look at our name. And yet we rarely talk about baptism and so few are baptized. The baptistry is mostly a dry hole in most Baptist churches. Let’s have a real conversation about baptism, as we look at the day Jesus […]
Ephesians 3:1-12 Did you know that a group of blind men examined an elephant and each reached a different conclusion about what they were touching? Everybody knows that, but did you know that Christians sometimes identify the gospel as the part they like or embrace? And this partially explains why there are so many varieties of […]
John 15:7-11 On the first day of 2017, I want to wish you happiness. You are entitled to it. Don’t take my word for it. listen to Jesus: “I have said these things to you so that my joymay be in you and that your joy may be complete.” That is the wish of Jesus […]
Luke 2:1-20 On this Christmas Sunday, the innkeeper of Bethlehem explains his actions on that night of nights.
Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Matt. 1:1-25 The Christmas story from Matthew, the first one that appears in our New Testament, doesn’t begin in a barnyard in Bethlehem. Before the birth of Jesus, Matthew takes us through the family cemetery. From the cemetery to the cradle – the opposite of our usual cradle to the […]
Matthew 11:1-11, Isaiah 35:1-10 Confidence can be a fragile gift. Confidence is a come-and-go affair. john the Baptist is in jail, and he has heard some gossip about Jesus and it has cost him his confidence. Isn’t it amazing how fragile confidence can be? A few words, a bit of gossip, one bad review, and […]