Disconnection and Connection

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide inContinue reading “Disconnection and Connection”

The Way of the Model Shepherd

“11 ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13The hired hand runs away because aContinue reading “The Way of the Model Shepherd”

Resurrection You Can See

For our New Testament reading today, I did something I don’t do very often and decided to include the whole of Acts chapter 4 for the lectionary verses, which are verses 32-35. For longer readings like this, it can help to close your eyes and imagine the scene, let the drama play out in yourContinue reading “Resurrection You Can See”

A Glimpse of Resurrection

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken theContinue reading “A Glimpse of Resurrection”

Planting Seeds

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come forContinue reading “Planting Seeds”

What Keeps Us Up at Night

14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may haveContinue reading “What Keeps Us Up at Night”

Foolish Love

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,   and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ Where is the one who is wise? Where isContinue reading “Foolish Love”

Just Stop It

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; butContinue reading “Just Stop It”

Walking a New Path

1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.2 O my God, in you I trust;   do not let me be put to shame;   do not let my enemies exult over me.3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;   let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.4 Make me to know yourContinue reading “Walking a New Path”