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Competing Authorities Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-7             Luke 17: 11-19 I admire the trailblazers. You know: the ones who have an uncanny ability to figure out a new way of solving a problem, or have a fresh perspective on an age-old question, or who have a creative solution, a better solution, a unique solution – you know the type. They seeRead More →

Discerning Peace Lamentations 3: 19-26             Luke 17: 1-5 I think most of you know by now that I’m a third career pastor. I spent my 20s in banking, my 30s in marketing and my 40s (plus) in ministry. While I was in business school after my years in banking, I was offered the amazing opportunity to work at General MillsRead More →

 In Search of An Asterisk Jeremiah 32:6-15             Luke 16: 19-31 Well, last Sunday, we heard a parable of a rich man, too. We came to understand that Jesus didn’t speak in parables so we feel puzzled or paralyzed by the confusing details of the text. Jesus spoke in parables so that over time we would learn how to extrapolate theRead More →

Exposed Psalm 79: 1-9, Jeremiah 8: 18-9:1, and Luke 16: 1-13 As with most of Jesus’ parables, this one can be pretty unsettling. The seemingly disparate segments in the text can startle and maybe even confuse us. Really, are we to make friends for ourselves by dishonest wealth? And what does it mean for Jesus to commend the shrewd managerRead More →

Works of Art Psalm 139, Jeremiah 18: 1-11, and Luke 14: 25-35   Some of my fondest, early adult memories of living in Washington include going to the Phillips Collection for chamber music on Sunday afternoons. As often as I could get there, I’d visit the Phillips after brunch. My first stop was always on the landing of the oldRead More →

On Being Christian Luke 14: 7-14 This morning, we’re going to talk about the work of being a Christian. I would’ve put all of that on the corner sign, but you might’ve thought twice about coming in. Most people don’t want to work on holidays and most people certainly don’t want to work on Sundays. If they come to church,Read More →

Countering Culture Luke 13: 10-17 I want to begin by thanking God and each one of you who’ve had a part in my serving Western Presbyterian Church these last 8 months. It is a privilege to minister to a congregation that has a heartfelt understanding of the needs of humanity and attends to those needs with acts of justice andRead More →

Inshallah Isaiah 1: 10-20  Luke 12: 22-34   The Powerball fantasy is worn out. How many of us privately expect that we’re going to win, and then suffer in silence over how it wasn’t our lucky number again? Thursday night when I realized that it was too late for me to purchase a ticket, I inwardly sighed. Friday morning whenRead More →

“The Unholy Trinity” Hosea 11:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 I was visiting family in Ohio a couple of weeks ago. Every summer, we have a sort of family reunion. I think my mother plans these so I get at least an annual dose of pigs and cows. Sometimes, I also get a healthy heap of freshly picked black raspberries or tomatoes. ThisRead More →

“Absurd Claims of Our Faith”1 Exodus 16:1–4, 13–15, 31–32 2 Timothy 4:1–8 Luke 11:1-13     A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the importance of prayer, because sometimes prayer is all we’ve got. We wondered aloud why would we need to, or dare to, feel the privilege to or even want to pray to our God if ourRead More →