The Friend of Sinners

June 12, 2016 Scripture Reading: Luke 7:36-50 Bishop William Willimon once wrote, “The church lives in the great and gracious promise that Jesus eats and drinks with sinners, welcomes sinners, forgives sinners – like us!” This story makes us aware of our own sinfulness. It breaks down our self-righteousness and make us aware of our…

Do you trust God?

June 5, 2016 Scripture Reading: Luke 7:1-10 Do you trust God? My spiritual director asked the question with the kind of gentle honesty that spiritual directors are known for. We’ve been talking about prayer when he asked this. It was a few years ago now, but the question has stayed with me. Do you trust…

The Pentecost Dilemma: We have a story to tell

May 15, 2016 Scripture Reading: Acts 2:1-21 “Our problem is, we’ve got a story to tell and we can’t help but tell it.” (David Lose’s “It’s Pentecost” video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGclfOgaHXE ) Have you ever thought of Pentecost that way? It creates a dilemma – we’ve got a story to tell and we can’t help…