Maundy Thursday 2022

I’ve never lived in a war zone.  I have lived through category 5 hurricanes. We watched with anxious anticipation as we gathered our most precious belongings, our medications, our computers and phones, our pets.  My congregations united to ensure that no one got left behind when we had to evacuate. Those who live alone, thoseContinue reading “Maundy Thursday 2022”

Palm Sunday 2022

From triumph to disaster in a span of 6 days.  What happened and why? We began with a simple enough phrase “ After telling a parable to the crowd at Jericho, Jesus went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem” (Luke 19:28)   The parable referred to is Luke’s version of the Parable of the Ten Talents. Continue reading “Palm Sunday 2022”

5 Lent 2022

The Gospel of John speaks of “the disciple whom Jesus loved” and we all assume it is John the apostle.  Popular literary works and the musical Jesus Christ Superstar would have us believe that Mary of Magdala was Jesus’ most devoted disciple, and she certainly was faithful in her devotion, but for me, I haveContinue reading “5 Lent 2022”

2 Lent 2022

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character,Continue reading “2 Lent 2022”

Lent 1 2022

Tithing, Temptation, and Calling on the Name of the Lord.  I usually don’t try to force together three obviously unrelated passages, but all scripture must be read in context of the whole and these just may have more to do with each other than a quick first read might indicate. So, let’s begin with theContinue reading “Lent 1 2022”

Last Epiphany 2022

Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory. When I lived in Tennessee, one of my favorite pastimes was hiking in the mountains.  Where the highway went through the town at the bottomContinue reading “Last Epiphany 2022”

7 Epiphany 2022

When we talk about stewardship in the church you can see people’s eyes sort of glaze over.  They pat their wallet to make sure it is safe and secure, and they begin to look at their watches to see how quickly they can escape. Today’s gospel is a continuation of Luke’s Sermon on the PlainContinue reading “7 Epiphany 2022”

6 Epiphany 2022

When we think of the Beatitudes, our minds generally go to Matthew’s description of Jesus preaching the Sermon on the Mount not to Luke’s description of the Sermon on the Plain.  I have no idea if these were two distinct sermons that Jesus preached and someone took notes or if more likely they are illustrationsContinue reading “6 Epiphany 2022”