Following this shorter version of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke, we find a parable. This parable is often used as an instruction for how to get prayer right or for how to get God to do what we ask. The key to an effective prayer, it seems, is persistence. We are to […]

By God’s great mercy, given this terrible week of violence, trauma, and collective sadness, the lectionary text was Jesus’ Parable of The Good Samaritan. There is so much in this parable that is relevant to the events of this week. The hated Samaritan turns out to be the good guy in the story, challenging our […]

Reconciliation is a difficult topic. We all have broken relationships within our families, long-time friendships ended over a disagreement, congregations that have been fractured for years over old slights and grievances. To have broken relationships is to be human. To endeavor to heal them, is to be a Christian. Desmond Tutu, in commenting about South […]

I had some fun with our children at church on Sunday. I showed them an optical illusion I had found in a book. Viewed from one perspective, it looks like an unhappy old man. If you turn the image around, it looks like a happy old woman. It was fun to demonstrate to the children […]

Last Sunday, I preached about wisdom. In preparing for this sermon, I crowd-sourced thoughts on wisdom from my large collection of FaceBook friends. I asked them, “What is the wisest advice you’ve ever received?” and “What are the qualities of the wisest person you know?” In responding, people recalled the wise advice they’ve received from […]

In pondering this text, I found myself struck by how Paul and Silas responded to being beaten and thrown into jail. The text tells us that they “were praying and singing hymns to God.” I began to think of the many times I have experienced difficulty in life. I am more than aware that my […]