The Descent Into Solidarity

Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot beContinue reading “The Descent Into Solidarity”

God of the Lost

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave theContinue reading “God of the Lost”

Who’s At the Table?

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. 7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. 8‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,Continue reading “Who’s At the Table?”

Healed Into Community

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are setContinue reading “Healed Into Community”

A Lineage of Holy Resistance

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient,Continue reading “A Lineage of Holy Resistance”

The Voice of God

The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! What to me is the multitude of yourContinue reading “The Voice of God”

Roots of An Olive Tree

To the leader. A Maskil of David, when Doeg the Edomite came to Saul and said to him, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.” Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly? All day long you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you workerContinue reading “Roots of An Olive Tree”

The Plumb-Line-Pick-Ax in God’s Hand

Our Old Testament reading today comes to us from the prophet Amos, chapter 7 beginning at verse 7. Amos was called by God to speak out about the destruction coming upon God’s people because they had willfully abandoned God’s commands, especially God’s directives to structure a just society that provides for all people so thatContinue reading “The Plumb-Line-Pick-Ax in God’s Hand”

A Peace That Can’t Be Broken

After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3GoContinue reading “A Peace That Can’t Be Broken”