Click here for YouTube Video. The Transcript: Our texts this week comes from Genesis 32 and Luke 18. Genesis, Jacob wrestles with God through the night and in the morning he asks to be blessed. Jacob's name is blessed and is transformed (changed) to 'Israel' meaning 'one who has wrestled with man and God and… Continue reading Wrestling with God, Seeking Justice
YouTube Video Transcript: Our texts today comes from 1 Kings 19, Galatians 5, and Luke 9. All our texts are about discipleship whether its the call into, the challenges of, or the importance of stick with discipleship. We live in a time when people may say 'I consider myself to be Christian and believe in… Continue reading Discipleship: Neat Box or Muddled Mess?
I made a mistake last Sunday. I mentioned that the disciples had been arguing about who was the favorite and asking Christ to favor them, but last week the disciples seemed to "get it". Well, I thought we had already had this text. The asking Christ to place them in positions of favor is our… Continue reading Expectations Meeting the Counter-Cultural Jesus
Text: Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30 A final recap of this discipleship "mini-series": Discipleship is our participation in the Triune God's dance. Discipleship has the unpleasant reality of risks, including opposition, isolation, and conflict. Discipleship demands that we feed, tend, and love the entire creation, including all people. This picture of discipleship is not glamorous and… Continue reading The Shared Burden of Discipleship
Text- John 21: 15-19 Let's recap: On Trinity Sunday, I mentioned discipleship as our participation in the Trinity's dance. Last Sunday, I shared the unpleasant realities of discipleship. This Sunday, our texts are easier to embrace but perhaps not easier to live. Can you imagine this conversation between Christ and Peter? I can. Christ asks,… Continue reading Feed & Tend: The Demands of Discipleship
Texts: Romans 6: 1b - 11 Matthew 10: 24 - 39 Last Sunday (Trinity Sunday), I suggested that our participation in the Trinity's dance was discipleship. Well, discipleship is the reoccurring theme this morning, next Sunday, and the Sunday after that. Our text this morning, however, does not paint a glamorous picture of "accept Jesus… Continue reading The (Unpleasant) Realities of Discipleship
Text(s): Galatians 5:1, 13-25 and Luke 9:51-62 In the memories of the recent past the heart of Gilbert was agriculture. During the 1920s, the town of Gilbert was internationally recognized as the “Hay Capital of the World”; however, the agricultural presence diminished throughout the decades. As a country girl and a farmer’s daughter to whom… Continue reading The Toil + Fruits of Discipleship