Monthly Archives: October 2013

John 11:32-44

John 11:32-44 “Lazarus, come out!” How frightening it must have been. Jesus had raised the dead before and it was always unsettling. In Nain he approached a funeral procession and walked right up to those carrying the body. He told the man to “get up”… Continue reading




Revelation 21:1-6a

Revelation 21:1-6a It was days until the funeral of a loved one. I sat talking with the son of the deceased—a non-believer who wanted nothing to do with “religion,” but only to honor his mother’s wishes to have the service at a church. He wept.… Continue reading




Psalm 24

Psalm 24 Whose world is it? The psalmist asserts that everything belongs to the Lord. This is a foreign concept and difficult for 21st century people to believe. We have been taught to think that we make the world by our own choosing—by our hard… Continue reading




Isaiah 25:6-9

Isaiah 25:6-9 Several years ago I stood before the greatest buffet line I had ever seen. It was full of fine meats, seafood (I think I overdid it at the sushi bar), pastries, fruits, veggies, and more. My plate was soon full, and I refilled… Continue reading




2 Timothy 2:11

“It is a faithful saying.” 2 Timothy 2:11 Paul has four of these “faithful sayings.” The first occurs in 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” The next is… Continue reading




A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God What a great hymn! Some quip that its stirring words and powerful music might be the theme song for Lutherans. I must admit that it does move me. Though some of the language seems better suited to medieval times,… Continue reading




John 8:31-36

John 8:31-36 In Christ we have been freed from our bondage to sin. But for what have we been freed? We are freed from slavery to be children of God’s household forever, Jesus says! As slaves, we were just like household appliances, like an oven… Continue reading




John 8:31-36

John 8:31-36 It’s easy to be on board with Jesus when he talks about bringing water to the thirsty and food to the hungry. We even understand when he says he is light to those in the darkness. But what is this talk about setting… Continue reading




Romans 3:19-28

Romans 3:19-28 Sometimes I encounter folks suffering from a troubled conscience. “Oh, pastor,” they will say, “I am not worthy.” They look back on their lives and they are overwhelmed by how far they have fallen short of what they imagine God calls them to… Continue reading




Psalm 46

Psalm 46 Do we live in troubled times? Is everything you thought to be fixed and unchangeable suddenly shifting and changing? Do you seem to be treading water in a roaring sea? Has God abandoned you? Must you chase after God? Think for a moment… Continue reading