Who Chooses Whom

May 29, 2016
Like May 15, this parable concludes in a succinct proverb:  "For many are invited but few are chosen" (22:14).  Anabaptists don't hold to presestination, believing that every individual has to…
The final words in this passage are familiar:  "The last shall be first and the first shall be last" (20:16). We often associate these words with humility in this life.…

Sorting It All Out

May 8, 2016
This is a puzzling kingdom-of-God text.  Jesus concludes it by saying that a homeowner who brings both old and new treasures out of his storerooms.  As I organize my initial…

Sell It All

May 1, 2016
Two parallel parables underscore the towering value of the kingdom of God.  A farmer and merchant sell all they have to enable the purchase of God's kingdom.  Here Jesus takes…
Americans are into instant gratification. We are a "right now?" people.  Waiting is hard, yet Jesus, in this passage, counsels exactly that.  Wait until the harvest is ripe.  Let the…
The sermon title describes the resurrection:  it's both the end and beginning of the story:  Jesus' story; our story as it relates to and interacts with Jesus' story.  As followers…

The Plot Thickens

March 20, 2016
This is the day we celebrate Jesus' triumphal entrance into Jerusalem.  But we know that the story is more complex than a messiah simply riding into Jerusalem.  There is Judas,…
We often say "the ways of God are not our ways," a cliché that's actually true.  These two texts focus on the unexpected, mysterious ways of God, the author of…
"Turning over a new leaf" is an apt metaphor for repentance, it is to "re-turn" to the welcoming embrace of Jesus.  The prodigal did that.  Paul implores us to "be…

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