January 15th, 2020 | Season 3 | 3 mins 54 secs
A Baptism of repentance is something people do, but A baptism of the Holy Spirit, that is not about what people are doing, but instead it is about what God is doing. It is a baptism of renewal. It is more than a person repenting. It is the Lord saying, I am recreating you in my Spirit. That is the baptism we Christians receive. That is the baptism that Jesus sent his disciples to give.
January 8th, 2020 | Season 3 | 5 mins 12 secs
Jesus came from Galilea, and asked John to baptize him as well. Jesus was, is, and always will be God. He is perfect. Jesus asking John to baptize him is backwards. The baptist’s own words made it clear that John fully understood this, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” (Matthew 3:14) It is all wrong, or at least it seems wrong. Jesus has no need of John’s baptism. And yet, this is his first recorded act in all four Gospels. There is obviously something important happening here. We, as readers and followers of Christ, must ask the question, “Why does he do it?” Why does he travel from Galilea to Judea to be baptized by John when he has nothing, personally, to repent for?
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December 20th, 2019 | 4 mins 32 secs
There is a reason the St. Joseph is held up as such an example. It was not an accident that God chose this man to be his earthly role model. And we should not miss the opportunity to take St. Joseph as our role model either.
December 15th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 14 secs
This week it seems like we need to reflect on who Christ says he is, and who he says we are. Are we allowing him to be who He is? Can we believe who that we are who he has made us to be?
December 4th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 31 secs
John the Baptist, in the Spirit of Elijah, announced that the Messiah was coming and that he would separate the wheat from the chaff. Read that as, “the real followers from those who just said they were his followers.” We need to ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide our thoughts, and our actions, so that when the Lord comes again we will be counted amongst those who were actually following him.
November 27th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 25 secs
Yes, joy is in the air. You’d expect the Sunday Gospel to be John the Baptist announcing the coming of the Lord, or maybe even the Angel appearing to Mary. Those are readings I think of when I think of Christmas. But remember, we are not in Christmas. We are in advent and Advent is a little different. It’s more like pregnancy. Expecting a baby is super joyful. But, it is also a time of preparation. And, to be quite frank, I am told it can be more than a little uncomfortable at times.
November 20th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 47 secs
Christ died on the cross for our sin. He didn’t have to do it. He chose to do it out of love for you and for me. Remembering what he has done, we need to look at the witness of the two criminals and ask, how are we responding to the crucified Lord? Do we revile him? Do we ungratefully come to the Lord, and accuse him of not doing what we want? Do we question who he is because of the hardships we encounter? Or, like the second criminal, do we acknowledge his righteousness, confess our own sin, and ask for mercy? It’s a gut check. Do I treat God like he is Lord, or do I call him Lord, and ask him to do what I want, as if I was the master?
November 13th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 47 secs
Are you ready to give your testimony? If called upon, can you tell a person why you are a follower of Christ or why you live so differently than those who are not following Christ? If you say no, that’s ok. Remember, Jesus actually tells the apostles not to prepare what they will say. They are supposed to trust that he will provide the words. So, we are not supposed to have prepared answers. No, instead we are supposed to enter into conversation, debates, and even persecution with an openness to the Lord, asking him to open our ears, and to provide the right words.
November 6th, 2019 | Season 3 | 4 mins 36 secs
Death is part of life. It’s part of being a creature. Everything dies. Every creature gets a certain allotment of time, and then it’s over. When a dog dies, that’s it. The end. When Cats die so ends the story. Slugs, lizards, bacteria, etc. There is this life, and that’s it. There are, however, two exceptions this rule. The first are the Angels. They are creatures. They are created beings. God made them. They do not die because they are purely spiritual, so they don’t die, don’t have kids, don’t eat, and so on. The other exception is us. People. People are a little more complicated. We are physical and spiritual. Yes, our physical bodies will die, but that isn’t the end of the story.
October 30th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 7 secs
In the case of Zacchaeus, Jesus sees the curiosity. Far from being annoyed at the attention Zacchaeus gives him, Jesus want’s more. He breaks through Zacchaeus curiosity and makes himself present to Zaccheaus in a way that he could have not anticipated. Jesus goes to his house. Jesus knows that he is a sinner. He knows that to Zacchaeus he is just a spectacle, but Jesus also knows that he is the thing that Zacchaeus has been looking for.
October 24th, 2019 | Season 3 | 2 mins 56 secs
I am a Christian. You know how that makes me different than other people? It means I am admitting my need for a savior. It means I stand before God and man and say, I am a sinner in need of a savior. That is central to the Good News. Jesus came to save sinners, and as St. Paul reminds us in Romans 3, “all have sinned. . .” Even the Christians. Especially us. That’s why we needed a savior.
October 17th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 46 secs
We need to take a look at our prayer and ask, are we praying the way Jesus is describing? Or are we sending the occasional email to God, as if he is a celebrity or distant deity.
October 10th, 2019 | Season 3 | 4 mins 3 secs
Gratitude to the Lord is all too often missing from our prayer. Really, truly, if we appreciated everything that God has done and is doing for us, we would not be able to stop thanking him. But life is busy. The pace of modern life has sped up so much that it seems like the moment we overcome one challenge, another presents itself. I know in our life the has been true. With our son’s caner, each week seems to present a new obstacle. In one week we are panicked and in the hospital with a fever, and then just days later Ben is fine and wrestling with his little brother. The relief of having made it to the other side can be so great that we can forget all of the prayer and petition that was offered just a week ago. It’s not that we are not grateful, its just that if we are not intentional about that gratitude, life happens.
October 3rd, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 7 secs
You know what? In my own life, when I focus on how much I am doing, or how much I have to do, I am miserable. When I stand around waiting for someone to notice all the hard work I am putting in, rather than taking pride in the work itself, I feel unappreciated. It is a surefire recipe for depression. I’ve walked down that road. It’s not a good one.
It is interesting that in Luke 17: 7-10, Jesus talks a little bit about this. He says,
“When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.
September 25th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 55 secs
Here on the west coast, homelessness is reaching epidemic proportions. This is not really the forum to figure out how to solve the problem of homelessness. But, I think we do need to consider spiritual callousness. Do I even see the people suffering around me? Listen, I get it. I know that a lot of these folks are suffering from some self inflicted wounds. I know that handing money out to a person with a drug addiction is not helping them. I get it. It’s a tough situation. But you know what? You know the one thing I, as a Christian am not allowed to do? I am not allowed to stop seeing them. I am not allowed to not care.
September 18th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 23 secs
This guys is already in trouble for not taking good care of the masters finances, and his solution appear to be robbing the master. When the master finds out, you would imagine he is going to be very upset, but no. He is not. He actually praises the servant for acting prudently.
Am I missing something, because that doesn’t make sense. The answer is, yes. Yes, we are missing some information.