August 27, 2017/Matthew 16:13-20 Just a couple of weeks ago we read Matthew’s story of Peter walking on water. Reacting to the image of Jesus walking toward the disciples across the sea, Peter seemed almost to dare the Son of Man to call him out onto the waves. “If it is you,” Peter proclaimed, “command… Read More Who Do You Say that I Am?
August 20, 2017/Matthew 15:21-28 This Jesus is hard to like. This Jesus is not the one we learned about in Sunday school, not the one who opened his arms in compassion and fed five thousand people, or sat on the mountain and blessed the poor in spirit and the mourners and the hungry and the… Read More The Mind of God
August 13, 2017/Matthew 14:22-33 A year ago, when we visited our grandchildren in California, Kaeden flatly refused to jump into the pool with his dad. No matter how much Christopher cajoled or prodded or dared him, it wasn’t happening. Kaeden would step right up to the edge, his brow creased as he concentrated, and just… Read More In the Deep End
August 6, 2017/Matthew 14:13-21 Jesus and the disciples were coming off a hard few days. Herod had placed John the Baptist under lock and key to shut him up. He would have liked to end him for good – put him to death and silence his crazy teaching. But Herod was afraid of the crowds… Read More Bread and Fish