An Economy of Grace

Luke 14:1, 7-14 [Watch sermon here.] Jesus enters a dinner party and immediately offers a critique, saying “When you host a dinner, don’t invite your friends, your siblings, your relatives, or rich neighbors. If you do, they will invite you in return. Instead, when you throw a party, invite the poor, the disabled, those whoContinue reading “An Economy of Grace”

Let Your Imagination Run Wild

Isaiah 58:9b-14 [Watch sermon here.] Dream. Isaiah invites us to dream of the world God desires for us. Dreamily, Isaiah writes, God will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong. What do you think it means that God wants to make our bones strong? Here is aContinue reading “Let Your Imagination Run Wild”

Subtle Splendor

Luke 12:32-40 [Watch sermon here.] Jesus preaches,“Make for yourselves wallets that don’t wear out—a treasure in heaven that never runs out.No thief comes near there, and no moth destroys.” There is not an occasional break-in into our soul,but a serial robbery: a constant infiltration of voicesthat burglarizes our focus and besieges us with distractions. JesusContinue reading “Subtle Splendor”

The Pursuit of Freedom

Luke 8:26-39 [Watch the sermon here.] Jesus steps out of the boat onto the shoreline.A man approaches him wildly. Homeless and naked,this man lives in the local cemetery. Filled with demons,he shrieks, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus?” It’s a violent and feral welcome to a new land. Yet Jesus has compassion,softens himself, andContinue reading “The Pursuit of Freedom”

The Voyage of Wonder

Proverbs 8:1-10, 22-31 [watch sermon here] There’s an air of playfulness about Woman Wisdom.She relishes being in God’s presence, always.God delights in spending time with her.Woman Wisdom rejoices in the earth as mountains erupt into place,and seas splash the shorelines. She finds herself in the busiest parts of the city.She stands at the gate asContinue reading “The Voyage of Wonder”