Unlikely Guests and Prodigal Hosts

Prefer to Listen? Click Here! Jesus is a relentless teacher.  Even the most ordinary set of circumstances contains something that he can use to illustrate the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells parables about mustard seeds and fishermen’s nets and lost coins.  Somehow these common things are like the Kingdom.   Franz Stuck’s “Dinner” Today’s Gospel…

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Friends and Strangers

You might expect a prophet to be a bit off-putting.  By reputation they dispense criticism and judgment with an accusatory harshness.  At various points John the Baptist affirms these low expectations, but not today.  Instead, on this day he brings encouraging news. The first we hear from him in Luke’s Gospel is not from him…

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Radical Generosity

Jesus watched people while they were putting money into the offering plates.  He noticed that rich people were tossing in large sums of cash.  By contrast, a poor widow emptied her savings by putting in two pennies.  What he says about the scene is what makes this such a memorable Bible story. Jesus said, “Truly…

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There’s Something Different About You

“There’s something different about you.”  We’ve probably all heard or said that at one time or another.  Somebody notices a change in you but can’t quite put their finger on it.  You’ve gotten a new hair cut, you’ve gone from glasses to contacts, you shaved your beard or grown one, you’ve lost some weight. It’s…

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Being the Beloved Community

Part Two of Two We are the beloved community.  Yesterday, we discussed how we came to be a community.  Jesus’ love for each of us transforms our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh.  Because Jesus loves us, we can now love others.  And the way that Jesus teaches us to exercise this love first…

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