A New Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31-34 (NRSV) You may remember that one of the first sermons I preached after coming to this church included the message that I was not, or at least probably not, a “wild-eyed prophet.” If you want a good example of what a wild-eyed prophet looks like...

Persistence

Luke 18:1-8 (NRSV) “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” Did you know that the Bible sometimes makes editorial comments on itself? This parable from Luke is a good example. The story that Jesus told begins with the...

New Conversations

They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself arrived and joined them on their journey. -Luke 24:14-15 -Common English Bible Dear Friends, Much of ministry involves talking with one another...

Shadowbound

Psalm 107:1-9 (NRSV) Once upon a time, there was a man who lived in the middle of a desert. Yet, that was not quite true. It would be better to say that he was a prisoner of the desert. You see, somehow and sometime in the past, our friend had acquired the habit of...

My Brother’s Keeper

Genesis 4:1-16 (NRSV) Of all the passages of the Bible I’ve talked about over the years, Cain and Able is one story I haven’t spent a lot of time on. It’s not hard to see why. The story is pretty troubling isn’t it. Able was a shepherd. Cain was a farmer. They went...