May 6, 2018

Reading Luke 19: 1-10 (NRSV) In the old children's song about Zacchaeus, Jesus says, "For I'm going to your house today. I'm going to your house today!" Jesus breaks all the rules of polite behavior, inviting himself. Zacchaeus could have taken offense. Instead, Zacchaeus is "happy to welcome him." And when Jesus gets there, he … Continue reading May 6, 2018

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March 12, 2017

Reading James 1:12-16 (NRSV) In a well-known experiment*, a small child sits at a table with one marshmallow on a plate. The researcher says, "I will leave and come back in a while. You can eat this marshmallow, but if it is still here when I get back, you can have two marshmallows." Some children … Continue reading March 12, 2017

November 10, 2013

Reading Psalm 98; 1 Corinthians 3:4-11 (NRSV) In today’s reading, Paul admonishes the Corinthians for arguing about divided loyalties. Some claim Apollos as the one that brought them to the church; others claim Paul. In separating themselves from each other along these lines, the Corinthians have forgotten that Jesus is the foundation. God grows and … Continue reading November 10, 2013