On The Bubble Luke 4:1-13| These verses recount Jesus’ temptations in the desert, bracketed by an insistence of the Holy Spirit’s activity in this process. The temptations facing Jesus seem to revolve around different pictures of what it might mean
Where Rivers Flow Luke 9:28-43| Jesus’ disciples struggle to reconcile their mountaintop epiphany with their nitty gritty day to day struggles. They discover that life in the Spirit is messy and calls us into continual re-surrender to the empowering presence
Cast In Two Images 1 Corinthians 15:35-49| This passage brings us full circle to our discussion of Jesus as the Second Adam. It is often read as words of comfort in the face of death. Indeed, it does offer promise
Bearing Fruit in Season Psalms 1:1-6 | The psalmist gives us the secret of “not growing weary in doing good.” Those who stay close to the source of Life and Joy can sustain joy and purpose across a life of
Open My Eyes 2/10/2019 Luke 5:1-11|Paul’s image of the Body of Christ challenges us to discover our own place of giftedness. This week’s passage reminds us that often the experience we have accumulated outside God’s ministry can be transformed and
December 16: What’s In a Name | Matthew 1:20-21 An angel visits Joseph and tells him they will call their child Jesus, which is the same name as Joshua. How does this name convey to us that Jesus is here
December 9: “Repentance” | Luke 3:1-18 John the Baptist came to declare that the Kingdom of God was at hand and to call God’s people to repentance. Repentance is spelled out in very concrete human terms.
December 2: “Ready” | Luke 21:25-36 The season of Advent is not only a remembrance of those who awaited the coming of Jesus the Messiah, but also a reminder that we still await his coming in power.
November 18:“Child on Loan” | 1 Samuel 1:4-20 Hannah makes a vow that if God answers her prayer to mother a child, she will dedicate him to Temple service. Samuel will become the prophet that anoints the great King David.
November 11: “Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop” | Ruth 3:1-5, 4:1-10 Much is made of Ruth’s pledge to Naomi in the early part of this book, but this is only the first of several significant pledges that are