Sermon Blog

20
Oct

The widow and the unjust judge: interpretation

Scripture: Luke 18: 1-8; Jeremiah 31: 27-34 The parable of the widow and the unjust judge “The parable of the widow and the unjust judge” is the heading of today’s Gospel reading in my Bible.  Jesus tells a story about an unethical judge, who refuses to hear the case of a widow. The story is […]

13
Oct

Thanksgiving: don’t be like those lepers

Scripture: Deuteronomy 8: 7-18, Luke 17: 11-19 Today’s Scriptures are almost uniquely appropriate to Thanksgiving weekend. In the piece from Deuteronomy, Moses told the Israelites that they must never forget that God gave them the Promised Land. He reminded them not to get swell-headed. “Do not say to yourself, ‘My power and my abilities got […]

06
Oct

Doctrinal Christians or Gospel Christians?

Scripture: Luke 17: 1-10 Today, I want to muse on where we choose the most important ideas from Scripture.  These ideas determine whether we see ourselves mainly as Doctrinal Christians or Gospel Christians.  They affect what we believe and how we behave as Christians. The heading of today’s Gospel in my Bible is Some Sayings […]

29
Sep

The rich man and Lazarus

Scripture: Luke 16: 19-31; 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15; Psalm 65 The parable of the rich man and Lazarus is a morality story.  The moral of today’s Gospel seems to be, ‘You get what you deserve,’ but in a negative sense.  The wealthy will get eternal torment in the next life if they don’t show compassion […]

22
Sep

Shrewd or Dishonest Manager

Shrewd or Dishonest? Scripture: Luke 16: 1-13   In many Bibles, this chapter is headed the Parable of the Dishonest Manager and in others the Parable of the Shrewd Manager. Or in some cases, steward, which is just another way of referring to the manager.  If we read the parable carefully, we notice that the parable […]

15
Sep

How do I experience Joy? There’s much suffering around?

      Scripture:     Luke 15:1-10  If I asked you to give me an adjective to describe God, what would you say? Our first hymn (Immortal Invisible God only wise) had lots if these: immortal, invisible, wise, hidden, blessed, glorious, ancient … or perhaps you’d think of loving, gracious, creating, redeeming.   I hope not angry […]

08
Sep

The cost of discipleship; cheap or costly grace?

Scripture: Jeremiah 18: 1-11; Psalm 1; Luke 14: 25-33 What a rich collection of readings today! There’s Jeremiah and the potter’s wheel; Psalm 1; and the difficult Gospel reading which my Bible titles, “The cost of discipleship”.  The cost of discipleship In the Gospel passage, Jesus says that the mark of a true disciple is […]

01
Sep

Justice kindness and humility versus entitlement

Scripture: Luke 14: 1; 7-14  Concerning justice kindness and humility, the Hebrew prophet Micah said,  “What does God require of you? To do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly before your God.”  [Mic. 6: 8]. These motifs are central to the Gospel Jesus’ message.  They relate directly to today’s Gospel story, as well as to […]

25
Aug

Is atonement theology necessary?

Scripture: Romans 3-5 Atonement theology has satisfied many Christians through the ages.  But I (personally) do not agree that we can only be ‘at one’ with God because Jesus died to pay a debt for humanity’s sins, or for my individual sins.  Another possibility is that we are all created in the divine likeness through […]

18
Aug

God’s Kingdom here on Earth

    Reading    Luke 12: 32-40 Chapter 12 of Luke is a series of sayings and parables that Luke has put together.  Some are only in Luke, some are also in Matthew believed to be from a common source called from Q (from the German word Quelle meaning source). Some have been taken from […]