Luke 18:9-14 (Genesis 4:1-15): Coming to God on Whose Terms?

Why do people brag? It’s because they want recognition; they want others to notice them. After all, doesn’t it feel good when others sing your praises? Of course it does! But what if they won’t do that? What if the moment passes and no one notices how hard you’ve worked or how clever you are? […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 6: Just as a Father Corrects a Son

Paul just finished with words saying that “we” (that is, pastors such as Paul, Apollos, Cephas, and Sosthenes) are stewards of the mysteries of God. For that reason, the congregation at Corinth were not to judge them, at least that which “is now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.” With […]

Philippians 2:5-11: Jesus’ Humility for You

Last week, we heard preached in our ears that in His sufferings, Jesus’ righteousness even covers our sufferings, making them holy.  Today, we will hear that Jesus is Humility incarnate, Humility in human flesh.  And once again, we find that His lowliness is more than an example; it’s a gift through which we find humility […]

St. Andrew, Apostle: John 1:35-42

Some of you may have grown up in families where you weren’t the one who always got the attention.  A brother or a sister was better at sports than you.  Or maybe in academics, he got the recognition and the approval.  Perhaps, others sometimes introduced you as “so-and-so’s brother or sister.” It must have been […]

The Way of the Donkey: Mark 11:1-10

When fishes flew and forests walked and figs grew upon thorn, some moment when the moon was blood then surely I was born.  With monstrous head and sickening cry and ears like errant wings, the devil’s walking parody on all four-footed things. The tattered outlaw of the earth, of ancient crooked will; starve, scourge, deride […]

Luke 14:1-14, “Friend, Move Up Higher”

It’s a dangerous decision to make when planning a wedding reception, to decide who sits where.  Some folks will value where you place them to sit, near the bride and groom, near the place of honor.  Others will feel insulted, having to sit too far way from where they think they belong. But if you […]