The Joyful New

I’m back from vacation! I had a great trip to the Great Northwest – but I’m also glad to be back. This Sunday we’ll be reading Mark 2:18-22. This text is in the midst of a grouping of religious controversies that confront Jesus in his early ministry. Jesus, from the get go, was upending religious […]

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The Power of Forgiveness

“As high as heaven is over the earth,    so strong is his love to those who fear him.And as far as sunrise is from sunset,    he has separated us from our sins. ” ~ Psalm 103 At the core of the Christian hope, there is the promise of forgiveness from God. Sometimes I wonder if we […]

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The Good News

Jim Gaffigan has a stand-up routine from years ago where he declares: “I’m a vegetarian…it’s just that I eat beef and pork and chicken…but not fish because that’s disgusting”. It’s humorous because it cuts across the very definition of vegetarianism. The character he presents clearly doesn’t understand what it means to be a vegetarian. It strikes […]

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A Change of Priorities

Hey everyone! Hope your week is going well.  This Sunday we’re going to be looking at Luke 6:12-26. The narrative transitions from the conflicts Jesus had with the Pharisees to the choosing of the 12 apostles and the establishing of the Kingdom ethic.  As we explore this passage this week, I’m going to try and focus on […]

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Fishing For Disciples

Normally “fishing stories” are associated with exaggerations and misrepresentations…but in our study in Luke 5:1-11, we will see another kind of fish story. “Fishin’ With Jesus” could have been a cool show for early morning local TV.  Better yet, Discovery could have done a new reality series called “Heaviest Catch”… except it might have gotten a little monotonous […]

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The Authority of Christ

This Sunday we’ll be looking at Luke 4:21-44. Right on the heels of Jesus declaring that the prophecy of Isa 61:1-2a were fulfilled, he goes out and demonstrates just how it is He will be fulfilling His messianic calling.  While the people of Nazareth rejected Jesus, the people to the North-West in Capernaum have a […]

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Temptation: Settling for Less

Hey, hey!  I’m finally back to somewhat normal patterns, which leads me back to Wonderwhat!   I’ll do my best to keep updating with thoughts about our upcoming studies, but I will warn you that for the next month or so, I’ve got a lot on my plate.  For the last year, Ken Raney of […]

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