Free in Christ, Free Indeed

Readings for Reformation Sunday Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36 Have you ever been out to eat at a restaurant, and seen two people locked in disagreement because they both insist on picking up the check? That common scenario just illustrates how...

Putting our Money to Good Use

Readings for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Amos 8:4-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13 Do we own our possessions…or do they own us? We’ll know that we are “owned” when we find ourselves living in service to our stuff. When it demands an...

I Just Wanna Be a Sheep

Readings for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Ezekiel 34:11-24; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10 Describe someone as a “sheep” today and they’ll probably take it as an insult. In an age when originality, self-expression and “finding your...

All or Nothing

Readings for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33 Think about the biggest decisions you’ve had to make in your life: your choice of a spouse, a job offer that would require you to move, etc. These are what...

God’s Table Manners

Readings for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Proverbs 25:6-7; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14 Names like Emily Post and “Dear Abby” are well known to anyone keen to follow the proper rules of etiquette at the dinner table – from the...

Who’s Invited?

Readings for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 66:18-23; Hebrews 12:4-24; Luke 13:22-30 Invitations get extended all the time – to weddings, birthday parties and many other special events. But who get’s invited? That’s often determined on...