Training Wheels

Luke 14:1, 7-14 1 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 … More Training Wheels

The Urgent Call

Luke 9:51-62 51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him, because his face … More The Urgent Call

Triune Mystery

Over the past few weeks we have celebrated two very important festival days in the church year.  Two weeks ago, we celebrated Ascension Sunday, when Jesus rose into heaven.  That, in turn, made it possible for the Holy Spirit to enter into the world, which we celebrated last week on Pentecost.  And today we celebrate … More Triune Mystery


Have you ever had an experience that was so intense and immersive, that when it was over, you wondered whether or not it had really happened?  I had an experience like that when I studied abroad in Prague during the first semester of my junior year of college.  It was an amazing four months.  I … More Aftermath

Ready or Not!

The phrase “Easter is coming” has been bouncing around in my head for the past few weeks.  Sometimes it was said with great enthusiasm and excitement.  Looking forward with joy to the day when this long season of Lent, this season of solemn sobriety and self-reflection, would be over, and we would get to celebrate … More Ready or Not!