Has life ever beaten you up so much that all you were left with is a bitter heart? That can happen to any of us. It certainly happened to Naomi. But with a lot of faith, a dedicated friend and the mercy of a loving God, Naomi found a path toward healing. The same path […]
Ruth had every reason to abandon Naomi. She could have gone back to her family, to her home town. She could have started over. Ruth chose to stay and exhibit an act of true love. Together we’ll explore the calling of divine love and how it breaks down boundaries.
What could be so compelling, so important that it would cause Jesus to stop in his tracks on the way to Jerusalem? Apparently a blind beggar. It’s time that we all look around and start seeing the orld around us. Chances are there is something worth standing still for!
Have you ever spent an afternoon shopping at a used bookstore? If so, then you probably got a crick in your neck. The only way to read all those titles is to turn your head sideways. Jesus has this affect as well, turning the world upside down so that you have to flip over to […]
The story of the rich young ruler speaks to us all, regardless of our age, social status, or wealth. This man was holding some-thing back, he was holding something higher than the kingdom. Let’s explore what our “one last thing” might be, and how we can let it go.
On October seventh we will explore what it means when the writer of Hebrews calls Jesus the exact imprint of God. What are the ramifications of Jesus’ ministry for our lives and for the world? Join us on the first Sunday of October and we’ll figure it out together.
There’s something religious that people seek whether they know they are looking or not. The rich young ruler in our gospel text wanted something more. He even knew to call it “eternal life.” Today’s rich young rulers are a different breed. Stocks and bonds they know, but what is eternal life? IPO’s and portfolios they […]
Still we struggle with Jesus and his barrier-busting, wall-crushing insistence that the old tribal loyalties of outsiders and insiders no longer apply. Yet it’s the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ: In Jesus Christ there are no outsiders! Will we ever learn and love accordingly?
One way to avoid the claims of the gospel is to listen to the ser-mon as an exercise in whether or not you agree with the preach-er. Today I would like for you to overhear as I engage in a ser-mon that I am preaching to myself. I would like for you to watch and […]