Desire for God

November 6, 2016 Scripture Reading: Luke 19:1-10 Luke tells two back to back stories about people’s desire for God and God’s desire for them. The first (18:35-43) tells the story of Bartimaeus. He is blind and sits outside Jericho by the side of the road begging. He hears that Jesus is coming his way and…

Prayer of a Sinner

October 23, 2016 Scripture Reading: Luke 18:9-14 There are two back to back parables on prayer in Luke 18. In the first parable (18:1-8), we encounter a widow. She has been wronged. People have treated her poorly. She suffered injustice. She is a person who is weak, small, and unimportant in the eyes of others….


October 2, 2016 — Scripture Reading: Luke 17:5-10 — How much faith is enough? That’s one of the questions underlying our text today.  According to the gospel of Luke, the life of discipleship is challenging.  It is not easy to follow Jesus. Our reading begins with the disciples’ heartfelt cry:  “Increase our faith!” So how…

Faith for the Journey

September 25, 2016 — Scripture Readings: Genesis 12:1-5a; Hebrews 11:1-8; Luke 8:40-56 — “You are going to do what? You’re crazy! Look, right now you have all you need and want. Your family and friends are here. This is your home. You are comfortable financially. And besides, Abe, you’re no spring chicken. Where did you…

The shrewd manager

September 18, 2016 Scripture Reading: Luke 16:1-13 Apparently St Augustine said of the parable of the shrewd manager, “I can’t believe this story came from the lips of our Lord.” 1600 years later and we still don’t like this story! A friend of mine once preached a sermon series on peculiar stories in the Bible….