January 17, 2014.Reading time 16 minutes.
Matthew 3:13-17 Baptism stories are always fun to tell because if you think about it, what is stranger, funnier, or more awkward than dressing up someone in white clothes, sprinkling water on his/her head and rubbing it into his/her hair while people stare? Or, if you come from another tradition, what is odder than dunking […]
October 23, 2013.Reading time 16 minutes.
Genesis 32:24-31 NRSV Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day […]
September 4, 2013.Reading time 12 minutes.
Luke 14:1-14 QUESTION: What is the worst seat you have ever had? Consider a concert, opera, game, classroom, etc. What is the best seat you have ever had? Here we are in Luke’s Gospel, and Jesus is still on his way to Jerusalem. Like a previous story about a bent-over woman, here we find a […]
March 29, 2013.Reading time 7 minutes.
Matthew 27:46: And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” God…where are you? God…are you on vacation? Did you take a break? God…where are you? This is the question posed in both Matthew and Mark’s Gospel telling of […]
February 19, 2013.Reading time 17 minutes.
Luke 4:1-13 These 40 days of Lent is a time to reflect on identity. Who am I? Who is God? Who is my neighbor? Who are we? Whenever we look deeply at our own identity, if we are open, we can even surprise ourselves. We can find out something new that we didn’t recognize before. […]
September 20, 2012.Reading time 17 minutes.
Genesis 1:14-25 The Still-Creating God How many of you have a baby book? I’m looking at mine right now. I also have my HS scrapbook that my mom put together before my HS graduation party. The only reason that I have these in front of me is because my parents just recently moved to Colorado […]