Monthly Archives: June 2016

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 “The kingdom of God has come near.” The seventy evangelists appointed by Jesus were to proclaim this to every person they encountered–whether those people welcomed or rejected them. It didn’t matter how the people received the message. What mattered was that the… Continue reading

Galatians 6:1-16

Galatians 6:1-16 When I detect a transgressor, my usual response is not gentle. I want to protect the innocent, serve justice, STOP the offense. It takes a lot of perspective to react as Paul directs the Galatians. “If anyone is detected in a transgression, you… Continue reading

Psalm 66:1-9

Psalm 66:1-9 A good story causes a physical reaction in the hearer. Hearts beat faster, palms sweat; we may cry or laugh. We listen outside the story but our bodies enter it. How does this work in God’s story? Our psalmist remembers in verse six… Continue reading

Isaiah 66:10-14

Isaiah 66:10-14 Anybody who has cared for a baby knows the phrase “milk drunk.” It’s that moment after feeding when an infant seems to be in a chemically altered state of bliss. The child’s eyes are half-closed, the brow is smooth, a tiny smile may… Continue reading

“Be Thou My Vision” # 2

“Be Thou My Vision” # 2 Verse 2) Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord. Thou my soul’s shelter, and thou my high tow’r, raise thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r. We… Continue reading

“Be Thou My Vision”

“Be Thou My Vision” , Verse 1)   Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art: thou my best thought both by day and by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.  … Continue reading

Luke 9:51-62

Luke 9:51-62 It feels like we are back to Monday and our friend Jon Snow being newly cloaked in the dark mantle of the Night Watch. With a word, Jesus casts the mantle of discipleship over the eager would-be follower, the loyal son and hard… Continue reading

Luke 9:51-62

  Luke 9:51-62 It would appear that a mantle of destiny has been laid across Jesus’ shoulders. His face is set. One can imagine a forbidding determination. Does he fully understand what awaits him? Certainly he imagines a legal challenge and a public accounting. Shame… Continue reading

Galatians 5:1, 13-15

      Galatians 5:1, 13-15 Back to the mantle (or yoke) again. Paul seems to understand the limit of human imagination. By tradition, we assume a yoke can mean only one thing: ownership, slavery, being bound to the plow. But Paul invites us to… Continue reading

Psalm 16 “

Psalm 16 “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.” It’s hard for a follower of Jesus to read this passage without seeing our Lord on his knees in the garden, asking God to take the cup from him. The… Continue reading