September 23, 2018

Reading Deuteronomy 28: 12-14, Matthew 16: 26 (NRSV) "The Lord will open for you his rich storehouse...." In our basement, we store old toys and games. Our grandson calls it the "toy garage." He does not go down by himself. The household rule is: he has to ask us to open the door and go … Continue reading September 23, 2018

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March 11, 2018

Reading Matthew 22: 1-14 (NRSV) A year ago, I was asked to be a keynote speaker at a research retreat for this weekend. It was a great honor. The one who invited me is a national leader in my field. It was like being asked to a royal wedding banquet. I thought about my presentation … Continue reading March 11, 2018

Advent Devotional: December 19, 2017

This entry was written for my church’s daily Advent devotional booklet.  Reading Matthew 2: 9b-10 (NRSV) "...and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy." The wise … Continue reading Advent Devotional: December 19, 2017

October 29, 2017

Reading Matthew 18:21-35 (NRSV) Today's parable bothers me. In the story, debtors and those incurring the king's displeasure could suffer enslavement, imprisonment, or torture. Perhaps these were common themes in Jesus' time. Harsh treatment is also common today. We jail people who cannot pay bail, detain refugees fleeing danger, and haggle over medical treatment for … Continue reading October 29, 2017