To Infinity and Beyond

October 2, 2016
"To Infinity and Beyond!" was Buzz Lightyear's declaration as he did a header off a bedpost in the first Toy Story.  But, in one way or another, the Christian Church has…

Ask for Help Already!

September 25, 2016
Some time ago, a study was published that noted: The best way to make friends when you move into a new community is to borrow things from your neighbors (but always return…
On May 1, 2009, I preached on the unseemly Christian need to be right, how it corrupts the central message of Jesus (grace and love).  As "fear and panic" increases…
This is a parable-but doesn't include, as on 7/24, the phrase:  "the kingdom of heaven is like".  However, many theologians hold that this text reveals more about God than any other…
This is not a parable.  Nor does Paul use the phrase "the kingdom of heaven is like."  But there is a key verse here that applies to this series:  "For…

A Hider in Trouble

July 17, 2016
As with the pearl parable (Matthew 13), something of value has been hidden in the ground.  But this time, the "hider" is in trouble, rather than being rewarded.  Jesus begins…

You Don’t Know When

July 3, 2016
We like to quote, in discussions about the "end times" or Jesus return, the final verse of this passage, especially when people begin quoting dates and signs:  "Therefore keep watch,…
Apparently the kingdom heaven is to be marked by forgiveness, and, once again, forgiveness has a qualification:  forgiveness received required giving it.  This time Jesus places it in the form…
Originally I was going to include this parable with the one immediately proceeding it, but changed my mind, based on a personal belief:  we can't give away what we don't…

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