WWJD - What would Jesus do?

Proper 13, Year C, Hosea 11:1-11, Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21: What would Jesus do? WWJD was a popular question that, for any lack of better word, became branded early in the 1990s. Wearing bracelets or necklaces with WWJD inscribed on them was supposed to remind us to live our lives like Christ. Or at least to ask ourselves what would Jesus do in this circumstance. Today we have a man who is asking this question but instead of having to wonder what Jesus might do, he is fortunate enough to ask him directly. “Tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me,” he says. According to law, the sons were to divide the assets of the estate, including land, money, debts, and any other

How do we pray?

Proper 12, Year C Luke 11:1-13: How do we pray? This is the question that the disciples ask Christ and it is also one of the most common questions I have received when speaking with individuals. In one sense, it seems like praying should be self-evident. Yet when we try to start a prayer practice somehow it seems strange or foreign. We ask ourselves what are we doing and is it doing any good? Christ is responding to this question, but he seems to lay it out in an indirect way. If I asked you, “Teach me how to bake?” Would you give me a completed cake? Would you simply give me a recipe? I’d hope not, but in some ways this seems to be how Christ answers the disciples request to learn how to p

What does it mean to hear the word of the Lord?

Proper 11, Year C, Amos 8:1-12, Luke 10:38-42: What does it mean to hear the word of the Lord? The prophet Amos tells us, “The time is surely coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.” So I not only ask, what does it mean to hear the word of the Lord, but what is this famine he is talking about? Some people have visions or experiences that seem so clear to them that there is little questioning (rightly or wrongly) that this message comes from God. Yet even for those people, I would guess, that this is not the way they usually hear God’s voice. I believe we all hear His voice and thoug

Membership comes at a cost

Proper 10, Year C, Track 1 Luke 10:25-37: This parable that Jesus tells us almost sounds like a bad joke in which there is a priest, a lawyer, and a Levite. But this parable is no joke. Our religion requires different things of us. Some requirements like faith are intangible. Others like helping the needy may or may not require something more physical in which it is necessary to use our resources. Then there are times when we cannot do the work ourselves. We may be physically unable to do it, we may not have the time to do it, such as the Samaritan nursing a man back to health. For us, this may be the most common scenario in which we find ourselves. We may see a stranded vehicle on the side

All we can do is do our best

Proper 9 Year C 2 Kings 5:1-14, Galatians 6:1-16: Have you ever had a boss who should have known how to do something but just couldn’t. There was a disconnect between the level of management and the people on the ground doing the work? This is exactly what we find in our Old Testament Passage. The slave girl knows the answer to where Naaman, the big shot general, can get healed. The King of Aram doesn’t realize he should be sending Naaman to the prophet of YHWH. Instead he sends him to the King of Israel. This accident or oversight causes the King of Israel great distress. Here in front of him stands the man who killed King Ahab, his father, and now the King of Israel believes he has been g

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