Start by reading Luke 5:1-11 and Matthew 14:22-33
This is going to be the last post on Stewardship. I know, there are many of you that are excited about that. That being said, I also want this to be a little bit more fun.
One of the traps that I think we get ourselves into is that we like to treat Stewardship with a lot of weight. We think, that because its such a serious topic, that we should treat it as such. It should be serious, and ponderous, and solemn, and “holy,” and full of onerous statements of philosophical certitude (and ain’t that a mouthful). Continue reading Fully Committed
What do you value? What do you think is important? As you look at those two questions, I invite you to read Matthew 28:16-20. These are the familiar words of the Great Commission that Jesus gives to his Disciples. Most important in these, I want you to pay attention to two verses.
18Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 28:18-19 Continue reading How are We Doing?
Start by reading Mark 10:17-31
To most, this is a familiar passage of scripture. It’s one that gets used in some circles to talk about how having money is bad. In other places it gets used to talk about how having to much stuff makes life hard. And there’s lots of different ways that people have interpreted this passage over time. What a lot of them have in common is that they talk about stuff, things, objects, possessions, and things like that. And how its those “things” that are the problem. Some folks try to mask that by saying its how we use them that is problematic, but it always seems to come down to stuff and how stuff gets us in trouble. Continue reading Who’s in Control
Start by reading Mark 7:24-30
So if you read this scripture passage then I wonder if you’re reading it with the same mix of curiosity and incredulity that I do. This seems very out of character for Jesus. He makes a very rude comment to a woman who was just coming up to ask him for help. The thing to know, in case you aren’t sure why what Jesus said was so bad, is that calling someone a dog had the same meaning back then as it does now. It was not a kind thing. Continue reading Jesus Said What?
I knew it was going to be a long week. The Passover this year promised to be one of the busiest I’d ever seen. I didn’t know why it was so busy, but I had a good idea.
There was this new popular Rabbi from Nazareth, wherever that is, who was causing this big stir in town. I think his name was Jesse, or Chesku, or Jesus, or Jacky, or something like that. Whatever it was, he was causing a ruckus. But this was my kind of ruckus. People were coming from all over for the Passover, but they were also coming to see him. That meant more business for me! Continue reading The Baker