The Armor of Doubt

The Armor of Doubt 4/3/16 1 Samuel 17:38-40 ; John 20:19-29 David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Armor and sword – you would think this preparation would make David feel more protected. But not if you are not used to…

Liturgy of the Palms

Liturgy of the Palms 3/20/16 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40 Something is different this year. Something is new. Actually, it is really, really old, but for our purposes, it is new. There are palms. Palms, on Palm Sunday. It reminds me of that wedding saying, the one that lists the traditional requirements for a bride’s…

Cleaning House

Cleaning House 3/13/16 Isaiah 43:16-21; John 12:1-8 Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Something new is about to happen. Something will change. The old things should not be remembered, the former things…

Prodigal Problems

Prodigal Problems 3/6/16 Joshua 5:9-12; Luke 15:11b-32 There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ The Parable of the Prodigal Son is a story about an inheritance. There are many elements to the parable,…

The Meaning of Life and Death

The Meaning of Life and Death 2/28/16 Isaiah 55:1-9; Luke 13:1-9 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Without money and without price – free and priceless at the same time. Water and food,…