October 13, 2018
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” —Mark 10:17b When I was fulltime teacher, I imparted upon my third graders the art of being a schmoozer. Hopefully, these kids I sincerely miss heard me and remember the adage told to me: Flattery will get you everywhere. A...
October 6, 2018
“[Moses] wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts.” Mark 10:5b Maybe you are all better than I am. Perfectly on time, you leave for worship singing a Mary Poppins’ song. Daffodils pop out of the ground and bloom like a hundred suns as you make your...
September 29, 2018
“Teacher, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he wasn’t in our group.” “Don’t stop him!” Jesus said. — Mark 9:38b-39a Some of us are really, really mad this week. Some are vehemently angry like Senator Graham who, earlier this...
September 22, 2018
“He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said…” — Mark 9:35a Blessed, I’ve had a lot of class time in my life as a student. I can count on one hand the times a professor sat down in his or her class. That is, until I...
September 15, 2018
But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. —Mark 8:30 Build church membership! Get passersby through the sanctuary doors! Offer doughnuts, coffee, free pies, a men’s golfing trip called “Fore Jesus!”…anything…anything…just get ‘em to Jesus! Whether near or currently not so near a pulpit, you have heard this:...
September 8, 2018
But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. —Matthew 25:31-32...
September 1, 2018
One day some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They noticed that some of the disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating. — Mark 7:1-2 Nine times out of ten, when I read about the Pharisees, I know scripture...
August 25, 2018
We have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change or decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for...
August 18, 2018
Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! —Matthew 28:16-17 It’s a question we all ask. Why isn’t life easier? Why can’t we be even more sure of who...
August 11, 2018
“Then the people began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” —John 6:41 As a first semester graduate student at Boston University’s School of Theology, I was blessed with a teacher’s assistant named Zina, a remarkable scholar and preacher I...
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