God loves me exactly the way that I am. BUT…BUT… We are a week out from Palm Sunday. The pace is picking up. Jesus draws near to Jerusalem and to the terrible events that will transpire there. On this last Sunday outside of the city gates, we learn something important about ourselves. We’re not OK.... Read More
Buckle your seatbelts, friends. It is time to talk about hell. And hell may not even be the most upsetting thing about this passage!... Read More
The story of the Prodigal Son is not, in fact, a story about a prodigal son. A better title might be “The Father Who Had Two Sons.” It is about the father….something the structure of this week’s lection makes clear.... Read More
Matt Mardis-LeCroy's Blog: What does God want from your life? From mine? Is God getting what God wants from us? And, if not, how does God feel?
Does God…grieve? What does God’s grief have to do with us?... Read More
What does love look like? When we really allow it to guide our steps, what choices will we make? How will things be different? Two stories in our text offer answers to that question. Lent begins in love… Luke 10:25-42 25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must... Read More
It happens every year. On the last weekend before Lent, we hear the strange story of the transfiguration. Up on the mountain, for a moment, Jesus’ closest disciples get a glimpse of his glory.
And then? Back to work! It may be nice up on the mountain, but a hurting world waits below.... Read More
Luke 7:36-50 Sometimes compassion can be…awkward. Just consider the situation in this week’s story. 36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the... Read More
Doubts. Big, bad, crippling doubts. Do you ever have doubts? What do you do with them? This week we learn what John did with his. Luke 7:18-35 18The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples19and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one... Read More
In this week’s text, Jesus raises a boy from the dead. But that is just the warm-up. The real miracle is a little harder to see.... Read More
What matters more than the sabbath? You do. Your well-being. Your flourishing. These things matter more to God than any religious rules. “The Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.” That is what Jesus says in this week’s text. And that sounds…weird. Like cryptic Bible talk. (Or a line from some obscure 70’s prog-rock... Read More