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March 7, 2021
Here in Mark 10, Jesus invites us to consider his answer to an all-important question: What must we do to inherit eternal life? Through Jesus' interactions with this rich young man (and then with his disciples afterwards), we gain insight into both the path and the promise of eternal life.
February 28, 2021
The disciples continue to show their blindness when it comes to understanding Jesus and his mission. In this passage, their blindness has to do with their view of ministry. They have a really narrow view of God’s work in the world, so Jesus has to expand their vision. And he intends to expand our vision too.
January 31, 2021
On the Mount of Transfiguration, we learned that the authoritative power of God is found in Jesus. As we come down from the mountain top along with the disciples in Mark 9, we are faced with an important question: How do we experience that power in our own lives?
July 17, 2022
We live in a turbulent, noisy, intimidating world, with people and nations clamoring for power and position. Sometimes we wonder if the world is going to be okay. But Psalm 2 gives us confidence that God has the whole world in his hands. His anointed King reigns over the nations!
July 3, 2022
When we have made a mess of our things, the consequences can feel overwhelming. We want to fix it. Or maybe we just want to crawl in a hole. The good news is that even when we have sinned and made a mess of our lives, we can still turn to God. Psalm 38 shows us how.
June 5, 2022
The great 4th century bishop Athanasius said, “Most of scripture speaks to us, but the Psalms speak for us.” How do the Psalms help us speak to God, speak about ourselves, and speak about Christ? How do they teach us to pray and worship in such a way that the word of Christ richly dwells within us? This summer we’re going to be in Psalms, exploring this wonderful musical prayer book together.
May 29, 2022
This parable is confusing, because Jesus seems to be commending a con-artist. How could this dishonest money manager possibly be an example for us? Jesus, the master teacher, uses this surprising parable to give us some much-needed guidance for how to steward money.
January 16, 2022
In Luke’s first detailed account of Jesus’ public ministry, Jesus returns to his hometown synagogue as the guest preacher. And it goes really well … until it doesn’t. Jesus hits a nerve with the congregation. And that nerve reveals something about what the gospel is and who receives it as good news.
February 6, 2022
All kinds of people interact with Jesus. They hear the same teaching and see the same miracles, but they respond in very different ways. The religious insiders are measured and distant, but the religious outsiders and sinners come in close. The difference is not their need, but their awareness of their need.
June 20, 2021
Contentment is an elusive thing. As soon as we think we are content, it quickly vanishes. Is contentment even possible? In Phil. 4, the apostle Paul says that it is. In fact, he says that he has learned to be content no matter the situation.