The Cost of Discipleship

Luke 9:51-62 As a Baptist, I was baptized at the age of twelve. On the day of my baptism, I stepped down into the cold baptistery water next to my pastor Peter. He read the Galatians Scripture that says there is neither Greek nor Jew, for all are one in Christ Jesus. Then Peter asked me: Do you take Jesus […]

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A Commitment to Well-Being

Luke 8:26-39 Philosopher and theologian Cornell West once said, “Once we begin to love each other and love others, we have something that is hard to stop because love is not some wayward sentiment. It’s a steadfast commitment to the well-being of others.” Have you ever thought about love that way? As a commitment to the well-being to others? It […]

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Anointing with Oil

Luke 7:36-8:3 Benedictine nun and writer, Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, once said, “Engrave this upon your heart: there isn’t anyone you can’t love once you hear their story.” There isn’t anyone you can’t love once you hear their story. I found myself thinking of these words as I read the Scripture this week. Simon struggles so much to love the […]

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What Do You See?

Luke 7:11-16 Just last Sunday, I went to pick something up at Home Depot in Waterford.  As I was pulling out of the parking lot, I passed a young man with a cardboard sign that said, “Hungry and homeless.” Now, truthfully, I was not busy and there was no reason I couldn’t have driven down to a nearby restaurant and come […]

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