When Jesus Challenges

This morning in church, those of us who gathered together, we said the following words out loud: “We confess that we have been hurt by others.” – Isn’t it the truth? I’m sure I’m not assuming much when I say that at one point or another, each of us was hurt by someone...

Fishers of People

When David and I were buying our first car, back in the Catskills, we got to this one car dealership, and we got out of our old clunker and we started looking and we were looking for five minutes, and we were looking for ten minutes, and it was raining but nobody came...

No More Mr. Nice Guy

Over the centuries, we have done an impressive job at sanitizing Christ’s message. We have made Jesus “Mr. Nice Guy” because surely, he wasn’t an agitator! But why then would his old friends, and his neighbors, and pretty much the entire village of Nazareth try to...

Great Expectations

Great expectations! And no, I’m not talking about the thirteenth novel of Charles Dickens. What I have in mind is the Gospel according to Luke and its take-on the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. Right before Jesus is baptized by the prophet John, people from all...

‘Tis the Season

’Tis the season! Are you excited? Lord knows I am! I have to confess, I have been excited about the upcoming Christmas season ever since before Halloween. Somehow I’ve turned into one of those crazies who talk about Christmas since way before Thanksgiving. And I know...