How Do We Get There From Here?

Jesus talks about “the kingdom of God” a lot. Or heaven. Sometimes he says “kingdom of heaven,” but biblical scholars generally think he means the same thing. No surprise there, right? In the Gospel of Matthew especially, I think Jesus’ point isn’t about the life that’s next, but to teach...

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Forgive Me If I’ve Said This Before

Forgiveness is a tricky thing, isn’t it? I know, it’s another one of those things that Jesus says is so important and he makes it sound so simple. But it’s not, is it? Yeesh, Jesus really isn’t easy. And he’s demanding. The thing about saying “Jesus isn’t easy” is needing...

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No One Said it Was Going to Be Easy

Jesus isn’t easy. Oh, here he goes again, right? Sure, but it’s another one of those “we need to be reminded, constantly” kind of things. So, I’ll say it again, Jesus isn’t easy. Jesus is loving and caring, kind and forgiving, comforting and hopeful. But easy? No. To follow the...

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Hey! Over Here!

Question: why a burning bush? I wonder if Moses thought about that on his way back down the mountain. Why would God appear to Moses as a burning bush? That’s part of the story of God calling Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, to lead them...

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It Ought to Be What We’re About

Let’s be honest: we’re just people. Not that that’s a bad thing. Or an excuse. People are extraordinary and capable of great things, even amazing things. We’re capable of great creativity, love, compassion, grace – all the good things that remind us that we are created “in the image of...

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Learning Like Jesus

Sometimes we hear stories about our heroes that we’d just rather not hear. It’ll be a moment in which they act in a manner that doesn’t fit the character we want them to have. A moment in which they’re decidedly not the hero we want them to be. Same might...

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Rocks Sink, Don’t They?

Can we talk about your faith for a minute? Specifically, can we talk about how much faith you have? I just want to tell you that you have enough. Yes. Enough. There’s no catch. It’s that simple, you have enough. Good for you. I think we can easily get used...

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You can do it, too

I’m not sure if now is the best time or the worst time to hear the story of Jesus feeding the multitude. In the days of the pandemic, there are limits on the number of people who can gather in one place, even outside. There are way too many people...

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Do You Know What a Sea Change Is?

Recently, I suggested that it must have been frustrating to be Jesus. We were looking at the story of the commissioning of the disciples and what followed that was a remarkable example of just how well things weren’t going for Jesus. He remarks about several places he spent time in,...

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Surely God Is In This Place

For weeks now, I’ve been going on about how we’re all Jesus. And by weeks, I mean all the time. That’s how Jesus is alive, we’re Jesus. I made it a verb, even, hoping that would make it seem more realistic: Jesusing. It didn’t really take off, though, and then...

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