September 14, 2014
On Holy Cross day, crosses were brought to the liturgy for blessing and as symbols of the love of God in Christ Jesus. Pauls’ theology of the cross is lifted up as the intersection of God’s Law (Jewish signs) human achievement (Greek wisdom) …that intersection on the cross is…Jesus
September 7, 2014
Did Jesus really just tell us to confront a church member? Listen as Daniel Heckert, a member of St. John’s and co-leader of the Holy KOWS Youth Group, explores this directive from Jesus. Follow along as we look at how we tie confrontation with love.
August 24, 2014
We know that Christ was the Son of the Living God. Therefore we know what God is like because of Jesus. This being the case, we then know that we have a loving, grace-filled God who has compassion for his whole creation. Who could ask for anything more!
August 17, 2014
Blind guide Pharisees, misunderstanding disciples, and a shrill Canaanite woman. Where would you expect to find great faith? How does this story read you?
August 10, 2014
Last week we heard the story of the feeding of the 5000, and this week we follow that story up with Jesus walking on the water and Peter trying to come to him, and needing a saving hand as he starts to sink. As we consider the question of how we can find Christ extending […]
August 3, 2014
Today we hear the old familiar story of the feeding of the 5000 where we are reminded of how Christ is extravagant when it comes to feeding others, not only with bread and fish, but also with his love and grace. He gives us not only what we need, but extra love and grace abound […]
July 27, 2014
The preacher takes a stab at creating parallel parables to the terse little stories of Jesus. Do you understand all of this?
July 20, 2014
There’s a crisis in the kingdom; someone has planted weeds into the wheat. The preacher imagines what the disciples say to Jesus after (according to Matthew) Jesus explains his parable. An allusion is made to the crisis in keeping peace in the Holy Land.
July 13, 2014
Today we have our old familiar friend, the Parable of the Sower, as our Gospel lesson. The seed in our parable today is sown everywhere! The one who has been called to sow the Word in the world made it a point to sow the seed in every kind of soil. Yet isn’t that what […]
July 6, 2014
While we may not know what lies before us, or understand all the mysteries of our world and lives, we do know that God is with us. Jesus speaks to this very issue in our Gospel lesson for today. In the beginning of our Gospel lesson, we hear Jesus acknowledge our inability to understand all […]