March 20, 2016 “The Example” – Luke 23:33-38

Luke 23:33-38 “The Example” March 20, 2016 – Palm Sunday “Let me have the rod for a second,” Howard asked. My elderly landlord, the fellow who first invited me to a Covenant church, was with me out in a boat on Worster Lake in Potato Creek State Park in Indiana. I was learning to cast […]

March 13, 2016 “Forgiving Life” – Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2

Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 “Forgiving Life” March 13, 2016 – Fifth Sunday of Lent Who is forgiveness for? Who benefits most when you forgive someone? In our day when we talk so much about psychological health, we may be tempted to think that the primary beneficiary of forgiveness is the forgiver. I feel better because […]

March 6, 2016 “Elder Siblings” – Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 “Elder Siblings” March 6, 2016 – Fourth Sunday of Lent I really should just sit down now. We could just confess our sins and accept the invitation of this parable to come to our Father through the body and blood of His Son at His Table. This most loved parable of Jesus […]

Feb. 28, 2016 “Do the Math” – Matthew 18:21-35

Matthew 18:21-35 “Do the Math” February 28, 2016 – Third Sunday of Lent In California it’s three strikes and you’re out. Commit a serious or violent felony after two previous convictions for the same sort of offense and you are automatically sentenced to 25 years to live in prison. Some rabbis back near Jesus’ time […]

Feb. 21, 2016 “God’s Place” – Genesis 50:15-21

Genesis 50:15-21 “God’s Place” February 21, 2016 – Second Sunday of Lent They came begging forgiveness. We dream about moments like this. We want a person who hurt us, that ex-spouse or that cruel boss or that ungrateful child to come crawling back, repentant and humble and totally in our power. What satisfaction, what pure, […]

Feb. 14, 2016 “A God Who Forgives” – Exodus 34:1-9

Exodus 34:1-9 “A Forgiving God” February 14, 2016 – First Sunday of Lent I wrote a perfect final in a high school statistics class. The teacher told me it was the only 100 percent test he graded. But then he told me I would receive a “C” for the class. No, I didn’t cheat. But […]