The Real Prodigal

Luke 15:11-32 (NRSV) The parable of the prodigal son.  A story I am sure most if not all of you are familiar with.  The dictionary defines prodigal as squander, recklessly extravagant, yielding abundantly.  Squander certainly has a negative connotation to it but...

The Kingdom and Will of God

Romans 12:1-2 & Luke 17:20-22 (NRSV) So, last week I was sharing some thoughts with you on the Lord’s Prayer, specifically, the phrase, “Lead us not into temptation.” If you feel like you missed out because of the snow storm that hit right as we were starting...

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Matthew 4:1-11 (NRSV) Lead us not into temptation. I’d be willing to bet that at least some of you, when you looked at that title in the bulletin, thought to yourselves, “Uh oh. Maybe I should have stayed in bed this morning.” Temptation is that kind of word. It can...

Who Will Save Me?

Romans 7:15-25 (NRSV) A few years ago, a book came out called “Transforming Congregational Culture,” by Tony Robinson. Like a lot of church authors these days, he was talking about the challenges our modern churches face and what we should be doing about it. One of...

Moses and Jesus

Luke 9:28-36 (NRSV) Transfiguration Sunday marks the transition from the end of Epiphany to the beginning of Lent.  It is a celebration of God’s embrace of Jesus, moving toward the end of Jesus’ earthly life. The Gospel reading is not the first time we read about...