April 13, 2018 by jmar198013
What does the story of Ananias and Saul in Acts 9.1-19 have in common with the ’80s Brat Pack classic, “The Breakfast Club”? Quite a bit actually. The church today has a lot to learn about our mission from Ananias and Saul. And from “The Breakfast Club.”
March 26, 2018 by jmar198013
In John’s Gospel, Jesus’ last words were, “It is finished.” What did he mean by that? And what does that mean for us, and for our world?
March 17, 2018 by jmar198013
In John 19:1-16a, it looks like Jesus is on trial. But the way John tells the story, it’s really everyone else on trial. What if this story is really showing us the choices and judgments we must all make about Jesus? And what if this story is really telling us that every day is Judgment Day?
March 1, 2018 by jmar198013
Peter denied his relationship to Jesus three times on the night Jesus was arrested. That seems harsh. But do we, by our lives, deny that we are his disciples more than Peter did? And can we find in any hope in Peter’s story for us?
February 24, 2018 by jmar198013
After washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus asked them, “Do you know what I’ve done for you?” That question still applies: Do we know what Jesus has done for us?
February 3, 2018 by jmar198013
In John 4.1-42, Jesus was tired after a long journey. At Jacob’s well, he met a Samaritan woman who was tired of having to always come to the well to draw water. But I suspect what they were both really tired of was the hundred years of hurt and conflict between their peoples. And so Jesus began a conversation with her. A conversation that made way for the healing of that deep division. At least for one woman and her village. This story is Good News for those who are tired of all the division, disrespect, and mistrust in our culture. Because it may show us a way through them.
January 27, 2018 by jmar198013
Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus in John 3:1-21 is rather confusing. Jesus jumps from idea to idea, and refuses to slow it down or dumb it down for the teacher of Israel. It’s like that with us, too. In a fast-food world, Jesus gives us something to chew on.