Pentecost Tag

As we are invited today to consider what it means to be managers (rather than owners) of all that we have, it is crucial to recall that we are bought with a price. “Christ Jesus, himself human, . . . gave himself a ransom for...

A Familiar Parable Brothers and sisters, you have heard this parable (Luke 15:3-7) many times by now haven’t you? There is a lost sheep and the shepherd goes and gets it and brings it back hooray, right? But this is a parable and guess what, parables don’t...

Called to contemplate the cost of discipleship today, we might be helped by translating Paul’s request to Philemon into our prayer of the day: Refresh my heart in Christ. Strengthened by the company and forgiveness of the Christ in the blessed sacrament and recalling God’s...

For ALL who exalt themselves will be humbled, And those who humble themselves will be exalted In 2001 I was a captain in the USAF stationed at DMAFB in Tucson, AZ. I was tasked with the responsibility of resurrecting a program called Pilot for a Day,...

Invited and inviting—that is the nature of the church. By God’s grace in holy baptism we have a place at the banquet table of the Lord. When, by the power of that same Spirit, humility and mutual love continue among us, the church can be...

Good News for Everyone We’ve been on quite the trip through Luke these past few weeks.  We’ve heard about God the Thief, quickly followed by Jesus the Homewrecker.  Listening to Jesus’ hard edge in these Gospel narratives can be tough to take; and yet we’re left...

Remember the sabbath day. Call the sabbath a delight. This is the Lord’s day, and the Lord will do for us what the Lord does: feed us, forgive us, help and heal us. Rejoice at all the wonderful things God is doing....

The word of God is a refining fire. Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites our undivided attention and devotion. Today, in the assembly, we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses.” In the word and in the holy communion...

Jesus says, “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” It is God’s promise from the beginning—to Abraham, to the early church, and to the “little flock” of which we are a part today in assembly. Faith, God’s baptismal gift, trusts the...

Today’s texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been...

Anxious Times We are living in anxious times are we not? Is your family life anything like ours? You know, running on that treadmill trying to balance our schedules, our jobs, our family and our checkbook and then turn on the TV or open a newspaper...

Perhaps the church, at its best, is “all ears.” Almighty God urges the faithful, again and again, to “listen up!”—to heed the word from above. So it was with Abraham and Sarah, with Mary and Martha, and the early church at Colossae. So it is...

Wild vs. Domesticated Did you know wild almonds are naturally poisonous? Their amygdalin makes them not only very bitter, and it breaks down into cyanide. And that chemical is released when there is an injury to the seed itself...

The Gift of Hope We now begin our journey through the season of Pentecost. Last Sunday tongues of fire rested on the heads of all those gathered with the disciples in Jerusalem. And this morning we begin to grapple with the meaning and reality of this...