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Ephesians: Salvation for Service

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus is less anchored in the actual circumstances of a particular faith community than some of Paul’s other letters are. Instead, Ephesians reads almost like a sermon, with Paul hitting head-on some of the most important theological issues of the early...

Holy Habits

Devout Christians have long sought after something called “holiness.” We have misunderstood this pursuit as a striving toward perfection, which is obviously out of our reach in this life. Holiness is better understood as spiritual strength or fortitude, and our spirits are not made strong...

Upside Down

Life in the midst of a global pandemic is not at all what we have come to expect it to be. In fact, it feels in some very significant ways that the world itself has been turned upside-down. This is disorienting and disconcerting. It changes our outlook, our actions, and our relationships. And it...

Grace in the Wilderness

The prophet Jeremiah declares that the people of God "found grace in the wilderness" (Jer. 31:2). Although Israel's years of wandering were filled with challenges, the wilderness was where God shaped them and where God's abundant grace was made manifest to them. We are living through our own kind...


Before the particular history of the people of Israel begins in earnest with God’s call to Abraham in Genesis 12, there is another history—a prehistory. The stories of Genesis 1-11 which make up this prehistory are origin stories: stories that invite us to think about why the world is the way that...

Maundy Thursday 2020

Everyone Will Know Thursday, April 9, 2020

Last Words

When the four gospel accounts are combined, Jesus speaks seven times from the cross, commonly referred to as the "Seven Last Words" of Christ. During the weeks of Lent we take a careful look at these important sayings of Jesus, spoken in his dying moments. In so many ways, they distill not only...

20/20 Vision

Jesus said, "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light" (Matt. 6:22). At the start of a new year and a new decade, it's a good time to get our (spiritual) vision checked. Are we seeing things clearly, or has our vision been blurred, blocked, or...

(Not Yet) Advent

"Advent" means arrival, and in the life of the church Advent marks a very special arrival: that of the Christ child, born to a poor family in a rural backwater of the Roman Empire. But the fact that Jesus has already arrived is only half of the story—the "already" of Advent is balanced by a deep...


The biblical book of James is a letter quite unlike any other, sometimes appearing to argue with other parts of the New Testament while still relying on the teaching of Jesus. This letter addresses the Christian community in the midst of trying circumstances and urges a faith that grows out of...

One thing about Jesus that we can be sure of is that he loved to eat. But for him, it was never about the food. Dinner with Jesus always had a larger purpose. Luke's gospel recounts several instances in which Jesus shared a meal with others, and each story reveals something to us about Jesus, the life of discipleship, and the kingdom of God.

Fast Food

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Audio Video Luke 5:27-39

A meal with a bunch of undesirable people proves the perfect opportunity for Jesus to point out to his critics the dangers of allowing our religious imaginations to get stuck.

Food Fight

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Audio Video  Luke 7:36-50

A Pharisee invites Jesus to dinner, but soon comes to regret it. To invite Jesus into our lives is to invite surprise and trouble, so if we're going to invite him in, we had better understand what it is we're asking for.

Soul Food

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Audio Video  Luke 11:37-54

Nothing is easier in life than taking a wrong turn. And nothing is harder than admitting that we have been traveling great distances in the wrong direction. Jesus challenges us to take stock of where—and who—we are and to be willing to turn around and find our way back to faithfulness.

Comfort Food

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Audio Video  Luke 14:1-24

Jesus accompanies a group of Pharisees for dinner and causes all kinds of trouble, undercutting many of the most basic assumptions that help us find comfort and order in life.

Food Network

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Audio Video  Luke 22:14-20

Jesus has a special, final dinner with his disciples, and in so doing introduces what is both Christianity's most central and most controversial ritual: Communion.

Food for Thought

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Audio Video  Luke 24:13-35

Jesus meets two travelers along the road to Emmaus, but, in their disappointment after Jesus’ death, they fail to recognize their risen Lord. When our expectations fail us, we can so easily be blinded to God’s work in our lives and in the world.