Pentecost 15: God’s Generosity

Today’s Readings Jesus’ parable today is a tough one to crack.  God is a gracious and loving God to all people, whether we think it’s fair or not. When we dig a little deeper, it makes us a little uncomfortable.  It’s easy for us to dismiss the grumbling workers as … Read more…

Pentecost 13: Love and Forgiveness

Today’s Readings St. Paul writes: “Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near” (Romans 13:11-12). It’s like … Read more…

Pentecost 11: Keys to the Kingdom

Today’s Readings Keys carry a sense of authority.  A sense of power and responsibility.  Most parents are probably really nervous to give the keys to the car over to a 16 year old.  Do they really understand the level of risk and responsibility?  Or maybe you’ve received the keys to … Read more…

Pentecost 10: All are Welcome

Our opening hymn today, “All are Welcome” is one of my absolute favorites. I find the message of the words very powerful and meaningful… and particularly relevant for today’s society. Maybe it’s because I haven’t always felt welcome in churches, or found the Church to be a place that truly … Read more…

Pentecost 8: Listen that you may live

Today’s Readings  My favorite line from our readings today comes from the first one: from Isaiah… Listen, so that you may live…  That’s a pretty strong statement.  Listen, so you may live.  It suggests there is definitely risk of dying, or at least, “not living”.  This is something we really … Read more…

Pentecost 7: Hidden in plain sight

Today’s Readings Jesus asked them: “have you understood all of this?”  They answered “yes.”  Yeah right.  You know they didn’t understand.  Here we are, 2000 years later, still trying to figure out what the heck Jesus meant by half of the stuff he said, including these parables.  But rather than … Read more…

Pentecost 5: Weeds or Wildflowers?

Today’s Readings One of my favorite things about Summer time is wildflowers.  This time of year, you don’t have to go far to see the beauty of nature cropping up along the road, in fields, and even in our yards when we don’t keep up with the mowing.  They’re the … Read more…

Pentecost 4: More than you can handle

Today’s Readings There is a theme that runs throughout ALL of the Gospels of people “not getting” what Jesus is doing.  Or not understanding.  Not just the Pharisees and Sadducees, but even the disciples… Jesus’ closest friends and followers.  Our Gospel story today begins with a long rant from Jesus, … Read more…