Creating New Families Out of Thin Air

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron,Continue reading “Creating New Families Out of Thin Air”

Grounded in Love and Belonging

As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, 2not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is alreadyContinue reading “Grounded in Love and Belonging”

Enough, Still Dreaming, and Poured Out

6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge,Continue reading “Enough, Still Dreaming, and Poured Out”

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”

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?”

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 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”

The Three Sisters Trinity

12 ‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are toContinue reading “The Three Sisters Trinity”