The cost of following Jesus

June 26, 2016 Scripture Reading: Luke 9:51-62 Following Jesus sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? I can’t think of a better person to follow. He is a wonderful person, compassionate, full of love, completely just, uniquely wise, genuinely unselfish. You’ve got to admire him. You’ve got to like him. Let’s follow him. Thing is…

Jesus sets us free

June 19, 2016 Scripture Reading: Luke 8:26-39 They have barely set foot on land when a man comes up to Jesus. He is naked and approaches them with loud screams.  A mad man, shouting at the top op his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you,…

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…