A New Passover

Jan 25, 2023. I have always enjoyed the story about the 12-year old Jesus left behind in Jerusalem (Luke 2). When his parents returned to search for him, they found him in the temple discussing spiritual things with the priests. I have chuckled to myself when Jesus replied to his parents, “Didn’t you know I[…]

Greater Works

Jan 18, 2023. The healings, miracles and works of Jesus are legendary. These miracle stories have built our faith as pastors, and enabled us to stir the imagination of our audiences. Most of us do not try to explain them away as exaggerations; we believe them. Many are also recorded in secular historical records, making[…]

Only The Shepherds…

Jan. 11, 2023 I know that Christmas is over, but there are a few points from the incarnation stories that I am still mulling over. Luke 2 records that the angels only visited and invited the shepherds on that Holy Night. Shopkeepers, townspeople, and hostels full of visitors were not invited to come and view[…]

FOREVER!

Dec. 14, 2022. Kingdoms upon this earth have never lasted; all governments have faded with time. Dating back to the first world power when Alexander the Great cried because there were no more worlds to conquer, til the Romans overthrew the Greeks, and then the Visagoth’s overthrew the Romans. Soon the French, and Germans and[…]

Unexplainable and Impossible

Dec. 7, 2022. This time of year my heart is drawn to the incarnation stories. I don’t know why, but I usually skip the Zacharias & Elizabeth story and jump forward to Mary and Joseph. And yet it is such a necessary thing to start the advent story where Luke did. Young Mary was about[…]

A Particular Gratitude

Nov. 16, 2022. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there is a particular divine outpouring that is occurring of which I am deeply grateful… I am thankful for the historic richness of the Jesus Table that is rebirthing before our eyes. I am thankful for how church after church is setting a bountiful table each[…]

Headwinds

Oct 26, 2022 The Christian movement has always faced headwinds. We need to accept this as a prevailing condition of our calling. Let’s remember that our founder faced continual pressure; it even culminated with a riotous crowd screaming for the release of a murderer and the execution of the Messiah-miracle-worker. What? Even Pilate was mystified[…]

Heaven’s Version of Power

Oct 19,2022. Followers of Christ are dual citizens; we live in this world but we also live in another – the inbreaking kingdom of Heaven. But living in two very different kingdoms at once can get confusing, especially when it comes to leadership. Jesus never got confused about this. In Mark 15, Pilate asked, “are[…]

Heaven’s Megaphone

Oct 12, 2022. In our world, big is big, and loud is loud. But in God’s world, big is small and loud is soft. God redirected Jonah by sending a worm with a ravenous appetite. And God spoke wisdom to Balaam from a talking donkey. Go figure. God seems to really enjoy speaking loudly through[…]

An Outlandish Assignment

Oct 5, 2022. We have been placed in the same position as all of our gospel predecessors – offering a message about a risen Jesus that defies logic. Jesus himself was the first one to be placed in this odd position. When he was questioned by the High Priest in Mark 14: 62 Jesus simply[…]