Our Gospel narrative this morning is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, but with significant and striking differences. These differences tell us about their perspectives on Jesus and his mission (or ministry). Matthew's account is more infamous as the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount. Luke's account is the Blessings and the… Continue reading Grand Reversal: Blessings and Woes
During Advent, we have been waiting for this moment… We have been waiting for the moment when we are not talking about the end times OR some wild man yelling at us, calling us “brood of vipers” and asking “who warned you to flee from the wrath of God to come”. This morning, we hear… Continue reading Elizabeth & Mary: Their Stories Shared
It is a simple truth that Mother's Day and Father's Day can be challenging whether it is a difficult relationship with your parent(s)/child(ren), your unfulfilled desire to be a parent, or your lack of desire to be a parent and the associated societal pressure. Although I thank all men and women for their parenting of… Continue reading A Complicated Father’s Day Prayer
I was amused as I prepared for this morning, because it can be challenging for a Christian pastor to preach about Sunday as Sabbath or a day of rest. It is the primary and most visible workday of our week, but we also had the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly this week. The Sabbath, thankfully, is not… Continue reading True Sabbath
We often speak of our life as a book, where the more intensive transitions in time mark the shift from one chapter to the next. These intensive transitions are usually the result of: * a change in relationship status * a change in the family configuration (birth or death) * a change in employment *… Continue reading New Chapter? New Book?
The Republican president nominee, Mitt Romney, is an adherent to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS, aka Mormons). Accordingly, this has sparked a renewed fascination in the American public and media about this religious organization. However, this fascination is not the cause of this post. A few evenings ago, I was… Continue reading Encounters with Latter Day Saints
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the cosmic powers… Continue reading The Whole Armor of God
On August 5, 2012 a gunman entered a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin. He was responsible for the death of six victims and the wounds of another three victims, before police ended his own life (Article). Although this tragedy was broadcasted, it did not capture and maintain the spotlight of media. In fact, the… Continue reading Sikhs, Sikhism, + the Recent Tragedy