What was all that stuff?

Proper 21, Year C, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31 Contentment and godly living is Paul’s message to Timothy today. We are told that we came into this world with nothing and we will leave this world with nothing. If we have food and clothing we should be content. I think anyone who has moved from one home to another knows how much stuff we accumulate. Shortly after our daughter Sarah was born we moved from one town to another. As Amy and I were discussing the move she said we had a lot to get rid of; and we talked about getting a small dumpster. I thought this was overkill but I went along with it. Several weeks later, I come home from work to find that there was a huge full size dumpster pa

"We could also pray that they get hit by a bus."

Proper 20, Year C, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13 In today’s parable, Jesus makes a distinction between “children of this age” and “children of light.” This distinction highlights our struggles of living in the world but not being of the world. As Christians we cannot separate ourselves from the world, we cannot live lives tucked away, trying to stay safe. Christianity was formed in community and is best lived in community. When we do not have a Christian community to be part of, our faith lives in isolation. Today’s complicated parable speaks of a dishonest manager. We don’t exactly know how he was dishonest but it is obvious that his dealings have caused problems with his boss. This is why

Are you the Lost or the Found? Maybe the Shepherd or the Woman.

Proper 19 Year C, Luke 15:1-10 The Good Shepherd is one of my favorite parables, and I think it is for many of us. In part there is this beautiful scene in which we see ourselves as protected by Jesus. We as Christians are cloistered together in a beautiful green pasture on a warm summer day with a gentle breeze blowing. Christ is off in the distance making sure there are no wolves to disturb us. If a sheep wanders too fare and gets lost Jesus goes and looks for us relentlessly. Then we all join in the party when that person is found and returned. But I ask you, is this what Christianity is about? Relaxing in the sun while we are kept safe from harm’s way? Where we know that if we do wander

God shapes evil against us

Proper 18 Year C, Jeremiah 18:1-11 God shapes evil against us. What an interesting thought. Today we have two images of clay and for some reason the second one seems to get over looked. Near the end of this Jeremiah passage the Lord says: “Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you.” This image of the potter does not seem to be of a benevolent God. When we think of evil we often think of the devil or even the antichrist. Often we have a dualistic idea where we imagen that Satan is the opposite of God or at least his illusive arch nemesis, in which we are just waiting for God to capture him as if this were the Joker in an episode of Batman. In traditional Jud

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