God’s Word – A Fire and a Hammer

Readings for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Jeremiah 23:16-29; Hebrews 11:17-31; 12:1-3; Luke 12:49-53 “Everything’s going to be fine. You’ve got nothing to worry about.” The amount of comfort these words give us depends entirely on...

The Gospel for Worry Warts

Readings for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 15:1-6; Hebrews 11:1-16; Luke 12:22-34 Sunday’s readings were written for hand-wringers and worry warts. And because ALL of us wrestle with occasional or even chronic anxiety, these are passages we all need...

Everything Under the Sun

Readings for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14; 2:18-26; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 If you waken early on a humid, summer morning and look outside, you’ll often see a thick layer of mist hovering just above the ground. But as soon as...

Why Do We Pray?

Readings for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 18:17-33; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13 Why do we pray? There are a number of Biblical answers to that question, including but not limited to 1) because God commands it, 2) because we need things that only He...