Monthly Archives: August 2016

Phiemon 1-21

    It is rare that the lectionary includes an entire book of the Bible, but that is essentially what is before us today. In this letter to Philemon, the apostle Paul is begging for reconciliation on behalf of Onesimus, the slave of Philemon. Onesimus… Continue reading

Psalm 1

Psalm 1   As a biker preacher, I have had the great privilege of ministering to some of the most notorious outlaw motorcycle clubs. To have the opportunity to pray with, conduct weddings for and bury some of these men has brought many questionable glances… Continue reading

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Deuteronomy 30:15-20   Living as I do in our culture, rich with “prosperity gospels,” I admit that when I read this text I find myself saying, “Okay God…so if I do everything right, then you will bless me greatly?” Deuteronomy’s words here sound a bit… Continue reading

O Day Full of Grace”

O Day Full of Grace”  The text for today’s hymn cannot be published due to copyright limitations. We apologize for the inconvenience. The importance of Sunday rest, worship and delight is to help us know and trust God’s grace every day. When Luther wrote his… Continue reading

“Jesus Shall Reign”

“Jesus Shall Reign” Let ev’ry creature rise and bring peculiar honors to our king; angels descend with songs again, and earth repeat the loud amen. “Honors peculiar” the hymn says. Which creatures do you find peculiar? An anteater? An ostrich? Rhinos or emus? Camels or… Continue reading

“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24 Heaven is a place where we shall never sin; where we shall cease our constant watch against an indefatigable enemy, because there will be no tempter to ensnare our feet. There… Continue reading

Psalm 112

Psalm 112   This psalm spins our praise and prayer between two words: rooted and generous. I think of the quip that says there are two things parents give their children: roots and wings. The first focus of the psalm is to be anchored firmly… Continue reading

“His ways are everlasting.” Habakkuk 3:6

“His ways are everlasting.” Habakkuk 3:6 What he hath done at one time, he will do yet again. Man’s ways are variable, but God’s ways are everlasting. There are many reasons for this most comforting truth: among them are the following–the Lord’s ways are the… Continue reading

“Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer”

  “Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer”   Guide me ever, great Redeemer, pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but you are mighty; hold me with your pow’rful hand. Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore, feed me now and… Continue reading

Luke 13:10-17 # 3

  Luke 13:10-17 # 3 The weekend is coming! How will you rest? How will you keep the Sabbath? It was an important question for the Jewish community in Jesus’ day. Jesus rebuffed those interpreters of the Law who argued that even healing should be… Continue reading