July 29, 2018: Did You Notice?

July 29, 2018: Did You Notice?

This is the last week in our parables series, and the stories we’ll hear today are likely quite familiar to us – focused on a lost sheep and a lost coin, these are the parables that lead up to the story of the Prodigal Son. Together, those three form a triad of what...
July 22, 2018: It’s The Little Things

July 22, 2018: It’s The Little Things

As we continue in our series on Jesus’ parables, we’re once again looking at the Gospel according to Luke this morning. Our story is short—very short, in fact—so it’s especially important for us to know where this fits in the larger story that Luke’s telling. We’re...
July 15, 2018: Justice

July 15, 2018: Justice

We’re back in the gospel according to Luke this morning, as we continue our series focusing on Jesus’ parables and how his original hearers would’ve experienced these stories. The story that Luke offers us today is a little bit odd, in that the punch line isn’t...
July 8, 2018: The Gateway to Community

July 8, 2018: The Gateway to Community

We continue this morning in our series on Jesus’ parables, focusing specifically on Jesus’ original audience would’ve heard these stories. To help us do that, I’m continuing to lean the book Short Stories by Jesus, by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. Dr. Levine is Jewish, and she...
July 1, 2018: Compassion Is Always Close-Up

July 1, 2018: Compassion Is Always Close-Up

Throughout July, we’re going to be taking a look at Jesus’ parables from the gospel of Luke – paying specific attention to how those parables would’ve been heard by their original audience. So I’ll be drawing heavily on a book titled Short Stories by Jesus, by Dr....