How Would Jesus Love?

In the light of the extraordinary picture of God’s Kingdom that we’ve been exploring through Matthew’s telling of the Good News Story of Jesus (See Matthew 5-7), can we take a moment to talk COVID19, vaccines, and masks? I know we are all so weary of this conversation but it is the reality in whichContinue reading “How Would Jesus Love?”

Just as He Is

A sermon preached at St. Francis by the Lake, Canyon Lake, Texas the Lectionary readings for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. A few years ago, in the good old days when meeting up with a big group of friends for coffee was a typical activity, I was sitting with some good folks conversing about nothingContinue reading “Just as He Is”

When Small is Big

The Lectionary Readings for the Second Sunday after Pentecost are found here. It is a small world. When my son was born while I was living in Anchorage, Alaska, a neighbor we had not met yet saw the “welcome baby” lawn sign our friends had put in our yard (on top of the 8 feetContinue reading “When Small is Big”

Use Your Pentecost Voice

This Pentecost, our new birth as The Church has been transformed yet again as we begin to venture into the world forever changed by the COVID19 Pandemic. Our collective voice of God’s Love is more necessary than ever. And your particular way of proclaiming the good news of Jesus – and yours, and yours, and yours, is desperately needed by someone.

To Whom We Belong

I am regularly astonished by the thought of God knowing me, knowing my name, knowing the hairs on my head (even and perhaps especially the grey ones), wanting only the best for me. I’m also regularly amazed that God is willing to use my simple human efforts to bring about The Kingdom on earth asContinue reading “To Whom We Belong”

Joy Complete

Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter: Jesus’ words for us today are a continuation of what we began last week (and pair well with Tuesday’s and Thursday’s posts). Jesus is in Jerusalem with his closest disciples. He’s washed their feet and had what would be their last meal together before his arrest. AndContinue reading “Joy Complete”

Made to Love

Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter: Most of the time in these Living Sunday School posts, I focus on the Gospel reading for the particular Sunday. We are, after all, to proclaim the good news of Jesus because we ourselves are recipients of the good news that God loves us and invites usContinue reading “Made to Love”

The Opposite of Faith

The Good News story from Lectionary readings for the Second Sunday of Easter is the same every year and it is a story that even if you don’t know the details you know the nickname taken from it, Doubting Thomas, that has given dear Thomas an undeserved bad reputation these past 2000+ years. So here’sContinue reading “The Opposite of Faith”

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! “Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlesslyContinue reading “Alleluia! Christ is Risen!”