COURAGE AND COWARDICE

(Mt. 10:4) “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25 it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his...

Some More Thoughts on the Psalms of Lament

For some of the thoughts I shared in last Sunday’s message (July 9, 2017) about laments in the Psalms I must, to be fair, credit Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, of Germany in the 1930’s- 40’s. Reacting against Nazi Party pressure on the church, the...

LAMENT OR RESENT

Psalm 69: 7 It is for your sake that I have borne reproach, that shame has covered my face. 8 I have become a stranger to my kindred, an alien to my mother’s children.9 It is zeal for your house that has consumed me;  the insults of those who insult you have fallen on...

THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY

(Matthew 10) Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of...

JUST WHOSE ASCENSION IS IT?

“ I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the...