Tag Archives: Jesus

Blind Spots

Lent 4A – Blind Spots

John 9:1-41

March 26, 2017

 

Some of you know that I drive a Toyota Yaris.

For the most part, I love this car –

It’s small enough to park

And yet has a hatchback so I can fit my bike in the back.

Actually those were about the only two requirements I had in a car when I bought it.

 

As I started driving my Yaris though –I realized there was a problem.

The first time I noticed it was on the beltway,

and just as I was thinking of moving to the right lane,

a car came up out of nowhere…

The car has a huge blind spot.

 

The story of Jesus and the man born blind

reminds us that all of us have blind spots.

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Handling the Truth

truthChrist the King B – Handling the Truth

John 18:33-38

November 22, 2015

 

I’m not a great fan of satire…

too often I mistake it for the truth.

Headlines from the satirical newspaper The Onion, get me every time…

 

Wait a minute…

“Wolf attacks are not the leading cause of death in the US?”

“Taylor Swift didn’t marry Senator Joseph McCarthy?”

I thought he was dead a long time ago – but there’s a picture of him!

 

I chalk it up to having two older sisters

who delighted in having a gullible little sister.

 

It’s not just me who has difficulty, though.

Truth is often hard to discern.

Lots of things sound like truth…

especially when they’re in print,

or spoken by someone who sounds like they know what they’re talking about!

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100 Acts of Generosity

IMG_0217100 Acts of Generosity

Mark 4:1-20

September 27, 2015

Metrics seem to be everything these days…

We want to be able to measure everything –

not only business results,

but personal results.

Hey, if I’m going to work out,

I want to know exactly how many steps I walked,

How fast and how far I went,

And especially how many calories I burned.

And so I wear my fitbit

To keep track of the metrics,

To watch my  numbers.

What’s really cool is

That you can graph all this data,

Comparing it week by week,

And even compete with friends!

It’s all about metrics these days.

It’s all about measuring (and then trying to figure out if we’ve measured up!)

A sower went out to sow some seed…

And he didn’t measure it at all.

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Step Out For Baltimore

stepoutThis Sunday at 10:45am we will be stepping outside for a brief time to pray for Baltimore. Please join us.

It’s been hard to know how to respond to the news in Baltimore this week. We’ve been bombarded by violent images of rioting and destruction.  A short time ago we heard that six police officers will be charged in the death of Freddie Gray, whose funeral was the event which instigated the unrest.

If we are not diligent, once calm has been restored, the re-building begun, and the news trucks have gone home, real issues underlying the unrest in Baltimore and other cities across the United States will be forgotten or ignored.

Poverty. Unemployment. Racism. These are just three of the issues that require our attention.

They certainly attracted Jesus’ attention. When he arrived in his hometown of Nazareth to speak in the synagogue for the first time, he read from the sacred scroll of Isaiah:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

After reading, he closed the scroll and said, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled.” Jesus understood that his purpose was to bring good news to those who were poor, incarcerated, blind, and oppressed.

Since we claim we are followers of Jesus, we share in that same mission. Our message cannot simply be, “Jesus loves you,” but also “We as followers of Jesus love you too – and we love you too much to allow you to be poor, without work, or to be treated differently because of the color of your skin.”

Let us step out in prayer for Baltimore this Sunday. Step out to pray for the Baltimore community. And also let us step out in prayer for ourselves that we have the courage and commitment to work toward meaningful, long-term solutions.

Step out for Baltimore.

In Christ,

Pastor Jen

Love Is Who’s At The Table

dinner tableMaundy Thursday – Love Is Who’s At The Table

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

April 2, 2015

On this night…

this night before the crucifixion…

We hear what happened this night,

more frequently than any other passage in the Bible.

It begins, “On the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread and gave thanks….”

(Some of you probably have the rest memorized as well!)

But so much more happened this night…

What’s commonly known as the “Words of Institution” could begin any number of ways…

It was also,

On the night he sang a hymn with his disciples…

On the night he washed their feet…

On the night he prayed in the garden and his disciples fell asleep…

On the night he was arrested…

On the night when Peter said he didn’t know him…

On the night in which he told them he was giving them a new commandment

On the night in which he said ‘just as I have loved you, you also should love one another..’

On this night, Jesus shared a meal with his friends.

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The Greater Miracle?

crucifixPalm-Passion Sunday – The Greater Miracle?

Mark 14:1-15:47

March 29, 2015

Sometimes I wonder…

which is the greater miracle?

Is it Easter Sunday – the resurrection?

Or is the bigger miracle really Good Friday – the crucifixion?

There’s a phrase I’ve heard a number of  African American preachers use…

The phrase is, “Remember..it may be Friday…but Sunday’s coming.”

It may be Friday…but Sunday’s coming!

It may be dark and hopeless, but look for the resurrection,

look for new life,

look for Sunday- wait for it!

Today though, we’re not waiting on Sunday.

We’re pausing on Friday – Good Friday.

Jesus is on the cross.

What is good about Good Friday?

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What Evil Lurks

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Hannah Arendt

Epiphany 4B What Evil Lurks

Mark 1:21-28

February 1, 2015

The unclean spirit says to Jesus ,

“What have you to do with us..?

Have you come to destroy us?”

The verse is difficult to translate

because of the idioms in the original Greek.

Luther seminary professor Matt Skinner suggests a better translation might be something like this:

“Why are you picking this fight?” or

Couldn’t you have just left things as they were between us?”

Jesus’ answer is ‘no.’

The good news about Jesus in today’s reading

is that he refuses to leave things the way they are.

He confronts, challenges, opposes, and defies evil.

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