A Jewish folk tale with a twist. How willing are you to share with the hungry and poor? Continue reading The Dirty Bagel
Being a Good Samaritan involves a certain amount of risk. Am I required to be a Good Samaritan to everyone? Where do I draw the line? Who, after all, is my neighbor? The lawyers question is a good one that we all have to wrestle with. But instead of giving us a straightforward answer Jesus tells us a parable to help us wrestle with the issue. Continue reading Like a Good Neighbor – A Sermon on Luke 10:25-37
How can we distinguish between false prophets and true preachers? That’s the question I want to ask with you this morning. And I’d like to suggest that there are three questions you ought to ask of every preacher and religious teacher. Continue reading A Tree and Its Fruit: A Sermon on Matthew 7: 15-20
Every now and then our children surprise and honor us as parents. This is the story of one such moment, when I found a forgotten love note from my adult son. Continue reading A Forgotten Love Note from My Son
“The terrifying prospect of Easter is that God called these women (and us) to return to the same world that crucified Jesus and to share with the world that gift of hope.
As we leave the tombs of quarantine, a return to normal will be a disaster unless we recognize that we are going back to a world desperately in need of healing. The source of that healing is an empty tomb in Jerusalem. ” (Esau MacCaulley, NY Times, April 2, 2021) Continue reading Seeking the Living among the Dead – A Sermon of the Resurrection, Luke 24:1-12
All my iniquities on him were laid; He nailed them all to the tree. Continue reading Why?
At first glance it sounds like Jesus is angry at Jerusalem and that he is calling down God’s judgement on them. This however is not anger but lament. Jesus heart is broken for those whom he loves. Continue reading The Weeping King – Luke 19:1-10
Our North Shore theologian Zoomed in from the edge of the wilderness on Wednesday night. She told us with an eye-twinkle, that she had located the Holy Spirit shape-shifting among the world’s tricksters, drawn from the world’s memories. Moving in the borderlands mostly out of view, knowing your moves in the second before you do and playing with mischief. Here on turtle island, the Holy Spirit is a coyote. Continue reading Here on Turtle Island, the Holy Spirit Is a Coyote
Last week, in the parable of the Lazarus and the rich man, we looked at a rich man who didn’t have a clue. Every day of his life he feasted luxuriously, all the time ignoring the poor man who camped outside of his gate. Although he had left overs, he threw them away rather than offering them to Lazarus. Because he did not show mercy in this life, he failed to receive mercy in the next life.
This week we meet Zacchaeus, another rich man who was just as an entitled and selfish as the rich man in the parable, but unlike the first rich man, Zacchaeus met Jesus and had a life changing experience.
Continue reading Zacchaeus: A Study in Transformation: Luke 19:1-10
This is a parable of startling contrasts, but its central message is simple: be alert to the needs under your nose. The parable invites us to see ourselves as richer in the goods of the world than many millions.
Without an eye for the needy around us, our life becomes self-centered and callous. Jesus is asking us, his listeners, to open our eyes to what is around us, and to open our ears to the simple command of the Gospel: love your neighbor. Continue reading Lazarus and the Rich Man: a Study in Entitlement (Luke 16: 19-31)