The Potter & The Clay

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost Jeremiah 18:1-11 Luke 14:25-33 “Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”[1] We begin this morning with an understanding of the long history between God and the people of Israel who were bound...

Places of Honor

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1, 7-14 As usual, Jesus interrupts our thinking with the gospel lesson this morning. It is the Sabbath day and he is at the home of one of the Pharisees. A man is sick. Healing is available – right then and...

Living With Rules

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost Luke 13:10-17 Towards the end of high school, quite a few of my classmates were asking one question in particular: Where am I going to go to college? I, however, didn’t ever find myself asking that question. You see, there was a college...

Where is the Love?

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost Isaiah 5:1-7 Anyone who has been around me, for a minute, knows that I love all kinds of music. I said – “I love all kinds of music”! However – at heart – I am “old school”. Whatever the genre of music – I prefer “old school”. I appreciate...

We’ve Made It This Far

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Once a month, I meet with a spiritual director. For those not familiar with what spiritual directors are, they’re people—often pastors or priests—who sit and talk with people as they attempt to grow their relationship...

What is Required Of Us?

Eight Sunday After Pentecost Hosea 11:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 There have been far too many Sundays that I have stood in this pulpit and made note of a mass shooting that has happened in this nation. Since our worship service last Sunday—just one week—there have been three...