Based on Luke 19.1-10 Every neighborhood seems to have that house — that one house that’s just run down. You know the one. The mismatched shades are always drawn. A shutter is missing from a window. The screen door is torn and hanging open. There are cracks in the sidewalk. The paint is badly peeling. The house wasn’t always this way. Surely it was built straight, new and bright for an eager family looking to start a new and hopeful chapter in their life. What went so wrong?
“God bless America.” We hear these words all the time. We hear them in good and bad times. In times of great hope and in times of great hopelessness. “God bless America.” As we head into the final turn of the presidential race, we hear the candidates declare “God bless America.” But what, exactly, are we asking God to bless? What do we mean when we ask God to bless America? Well, if we don’t really think about it more than surface-deep, we are asking God to just bless the not
In light of today’s Gospel reading, I’d like to pose to a question: Is God calling us to be impartial or partial? It seems like a trick question, but it’s really not. You see, we’re taught in our tradition to be impartial and unbiased. In Galatians 3.28, the Apostle Paul tells the church for whom the letter was written, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” In Acts 10.34, the Apostl
If you’ve read the book or seen the movie “The Motorcycle Diaries” — the latter which became a hugely popular and important film after its release in 2004 — then you might know a different side of Ernesto Guevara. Known more commonly simply as Che, in his later life, he was an Argentine Marxist guerrilla who worked alongside of Fidel Castro to overthrow the U.S.-backed Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista. Before that, however, he worked with the U.S. to overthrow the Guatemalan
par•ish: a small administrative district typically having its own church and a priest or pastor. (dictionary.com) The Apostle Paul wrote to the early church in Corinth that as followers of Christ, we are commanded to care for one another, rejoice together and never be divided. Today, we often talk about the “old days,” when the church was bursting at the seams with people, the sounds of children echoed and the congregation, and we were actively meeting the needs in our commun
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