I’ve said it before: context is everything. In order to fully understand our Gospel reading today, we need to know the ‘rest of the story’. There are some very important events that happened leading up to this text and sandwiched … Continue reading
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God’s Grace is Sufficient 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. This morning I want to share three things with you: something I learned these past three weeks; something I learned reflecting upon our … Continue reading
We Know Not How Mark 4:26-34 Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. We know about the mustard seed. One of the great parables for how little faith may seem in the vast size and complexity of … Continue reading
Grace and Peace to you this morning, Grace and Peace. The crowds gathered around Jesus so much so they couldn’t even move around much or eat or anything else. And his family shows up because people are saying he has … Continue reading
Some Things the Spirit Can Do Luke 1:39-57 Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. We know how life is supposed to be. Good people have good stuff happen to them. Bad people have bad stuff happen … Continue reading
The Connection John 3:1-17 Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. This past week I spoke to two of Lothar Konietzko’s classes at Everett High School. He has had rabbis, mams, and priests come in, and I … Continue reading
The Good Shepherd Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. When she returned from her trip to Israel, Chris Reist spoke to the women’s prayer circle about the manger scene. Most of us, when we think of … Continue reading
We do not know why God told Moses to raise up a bronze serpent on a pole, or how when people who had been bitten by a poisonous snake and they looked at this bronze snake, they were healed.
The book of Numbers does not explain it. The Gospel according to John, who uses this image, does not explain it. John just assumes people know the story that he is talking about.
We can speculate. We can infer. We can get creative. But we don’t know. Continue reading
Philip and Nathanael are a study in contrasts. Jesus goes up to Philip and says, “Follow me.” And Philip follows him. Philip finds Nathanael and says, “I’ve found him! The one we have all been looking for. The one we have all been waiting for. The one who was promised. Jesus of Nazareth!”
And Nathanael says, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?!?”
What would it take for someone to come up to us and say “Follow me,” and we follow them? I cannot speak for you, but I confess I have a lot of that Nathanael mindset. “Really? You’ve got to be kidding me.” Continue reading