Archive for July, 2013

Wednesday of Trinity 8 – Luke 18:15-30

ShareLuke 18:15-30 This morning I feel as if I am at a Chinese food buffet but have been told I may only eat from one dish.  I love the 1928 Prayer Book lectionary because the Daily Bread offering is just right to feed me.  And yet this morning there are 3 sections (pericopes) – and […]

July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 9 – Luke 18:1-14

ShareLuke 18:1-14 Have you ever had someone nag you into action?  The person coaxes, wheedles, cajoles, begs, nags, pleads, and whines until you finally give in and do what he or she wants you to do. This is one motivation for a person doing what another person asks him to do.  But if the person […]

July 29, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Monday of Trinity 9 – Luke 17:20-37

ShareLuke 17:20-37 Jesus says a lot of surprising things.  The really wonderful thing is that what He says constantly surprises even Christians.  And that’s a good thing! This morning He tells us some surprising things about His kingdom: first, that it “does not come with observation,” and second, that “it is within you.” Part of […]

July 28, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 8 – Luke 17:11-19

ShareLuke 17:11-19 Sometimes, often – usually – God asks us to work with Him in answering our prayers.  We ask to be healed in body, and yet we are to make wise choices about our health and go to doctors.  We ask for forgiveness, and yet we must accept forgiveness and give it to others. […]

July 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of the 8th Sunday in Trinity – Luke 17:1-10

ShareLuke 17:1-10 Decisions, decisions.  God is drawing my attention to both verses 1-4 and verses 5-10.  Let’s meditate on verses 1-4. “Take heed to yourselves.”  Take care of yourselves, watch out for yourselves, Jesus says.  Why in the world would He say this?  What danger is it that lurks in our lives? The danger is, […]

July 25, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 8 – Luke 16:19-31

ShareLuke 16:19-31 I have a saying at my house (which I use mainly on myself!).  It’s: “There is never an excuse for sin.”  There are rationalizations, justifications, and explanations, but there is never an excuse (that excuses us) for sin. The rich man (traditionally named “Dives,” which means “rich”) in Jesus’ parable from Luke 16:19-31 […]

July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the 8th Sunday in Trinity – Luke 16:1-18

ShareLuke 16:1-18 “What is money?”  It’s a question I used to ask my Senior Economics students.  While money may be defined in several ways, one of the most important definitions is that money is a symbol of wealth – it stands for the material riches with which God has blessed us.  Economics, which literally means […]

July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 8 – Luke 15: 11-32

ShareLuke 15: 11-32 “But what about me?” says the other son.  And with him I, too, say “Yeah, what about me?” More about the other son in a minute. But first, what about the prodigal son?  You realize, of course, that the little titles in your Bible are not inspired and are technically not part […]

July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 8 – Luke 15:1-10

ShareLuke 15:1-10 Who wants to make the angels clap and shout and sing with me? In Luke 15:1-10 Jesus shows us how to do just this. I imagine that every time a sinner repents, all the angels and archangels and heavenly host in heaven hoot and holler.  To communicate this joyous celebration, Jesus uses two […]

July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 7 – Luke 14:25-35

ShareLuke 14:25-35 They lied to us.  Every parent, pastor, teacher, relative, and friend who told us that all we had to do was show up for church one hour a week or say the Sinner’s Prayer once upon a time or go forward at the Crusade lied to us. This is exactly what Dietrich Bonhoeffer […]

July 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More