“Will those who are saved be few?” I wonder what answer you wish Jesus would give. Sometimes it seems that we would prefer to be among the few – the special. Our idolatry of our selves causes the church to be broken into little pieces, each one feeling like it will be among the few. […]
Jesus had some harsh words for us, and we certainly ought to listen to his warning about our sin. And yet, the end of the story is that Jesus takes the judgement on himself. It is He on whom the fire falls. (This sermon was delivered by Vicar James Neuendorf, a missionary visiting from the […]
We all know that we shouldn’t worry… and yet even when we know better we have a default response, an instinctive reaction to believe that there won’t be enough. We will run out. Our plans will fail. We’ll fall short. Jesus teaches his followers that this is exactly what happens to all of OUR plans. […]
Have you ever watched dancers and figure skaters who spin and spin around? How can they do that without getting dizzy or sick? The trick is, they keep looking to one fixed point that keeps them grounded. In this dizzying world, are you staring to feel a little sick? Maybe you should consider where you […]
Paul writes to the congregation in Colossae who are surrounded by congregations that are unfaithful in one way or another. What a mixed up world! Persecution – poverty – immorality – lovelessness – indifference – weakness – the Church of Jesus is a mess. But Paul assures the Colossians that they are loved by God, […]
Surrounded by violence and hatred, how can we go on? How can we have faith or love in a world of distrust and hate? Paul reminds us that faith and love come out of the hope that we have in Christ – a hope that cannot fail and will not end.
Paul told the Galatians, in last Sunday’s lesson, that they had been set FREE! But what does their freedom look like? Today, at the end of his letter, he tells them to bear one another’s burdens. The political and economic freedom that we celebrate on the Fourth of July is not like our real freedom. […]
Paul describes the Law as a tutor, or a teacher, or a nanny. Even a prison guard. But when Christ came we were set free from our guard. Who would ever want to go back to that?
Politics isn’t just for elections. It’s a part of our everyday life. It’s the process of trying to get sinful people to get along with each other when we each want something different for ourselves. But Paul has an answer. We just have to die. Each of us must die to the law, to the measurements […]
Beginning a series on Paul’s letter to the Galatians, we thought about the angry opening of his letter. Paul was so mad that he used a technique that our parents often used. “Because I said so!” Or at least he almost did. Paul needed to emphasize where the real authority for his message came from. […]
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