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Jesus On the Mountain Top

Have you ever had a mountaintop experience? Most everyone at some point in their life have had a mountaintop experience. It could have been at a graduation, a personal achievement, an actual mountain climb, a job that you didn't' think you would have.

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

God’s word says (Galatians 3:26-29) “You are all sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus, {27} for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. {28} There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. {29} If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” We live in a world that reams with in inequality based on religion, race, gender, social status. The result is social injustice, racism, discrimination, wars and genocide. This is not God’s kingdom. God’s Kingdom is coming and when it fully arrives there will be no inequality in it. In God’s Kingdom there is social justice and equality for all. It’s the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saw and spoke so articulately. It’s the dream that like followers of Christ share. That is why they persistently and continually pray and ask God for His Kingdom to come.....

Are You Ready To Be One of the People Who Light The World?

Christmas is just one week away and I want to draw your attention to the significance of the Incarnation, the word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. The greatest rescue mission, if you will, the world has known. “The light of the world.” In Sunday’s Gospel, God sends John as a witness to testify to the light. So, the question is, why does God send humans witnesses at all? Does He need our help? He has chosen weak vessels to display his great power to witness to the light and to push back the darkness. That is what He did with John the Baptist....

The Re-Imagining of the Parable of the Talents

We are all familiar with the story of the master who summoned his slaves before going on a journey and entrusted them with his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, each according to his ability. “For the person who uses what he is given will be given more. But the person who is unfaithful, God will take those things away from them.” Let’s look at a story I found and perhaps better understand this parable....

Do You Bear the Image of God?

Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God, Jesus says. This was in response to the Pharisees who were plotting to trap Jesus asking, "is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax. And they brought him a denarius." Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered, "the emperor." Then He said to the, "give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's and to God the things that are God's"... ...Indeed, the image of God in this world can often be difficult to discern. When we look at each other or even observe ourselves in the mirror, we tend to see the marks of the world upon us. We are what we look like, what we have, what we wear, what we do and the friends we have. What we need to see is that underneath all those things is a much deeper mark; the image of the cross engrained upon our hearts and our lives. Christ shining through us. This is the image that God sees among His people and it is that image which God desires us to reflect to the world. Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. Do you bear the image of God?

The Parable of the Landowner & the Laborers

...The laborers in Jesus’ parable we will hear about in the gospel on Sunday, would have spent the whole day in the marketplace, idle and without hope, if the landowner had not offered them a job. The men who were hired last worked only one hour, but were paid the same as those who had worked 12 hours. They received more than they expected and were grateful for the generosity of the landowner. The laborers who were employed first negotiated a wage and had no reason to hold a grudge against the landowner for his generosity....

Who Is Jesus To You?

Who is Jesus to you? As a member of the Commission on Ministry in this diocese, this is a question that is commonly asked of individuals seeking Holy Orders. Who is Jesus? He has been called a mystic, a revolutionary, a legend, a troublemaker and much more. Who is Jesus? What was He like? Do we think of Him as the child in the manger or the crucified Savior? People say lots of things about Him. John’s Gospel closes by saying the world could not contain all the books that could be written about Jesus, but who did He claim to be?...

The Depth & Quality of Welcome

This Sunday's Gospel message from Matthew invites us to explore in depth the quality of the welcome that we offer to one another within the Body of Christ, the church. But with it we must also reflect on the welcome we offer to those who are not yet a part of this body. As Jesus speaks to the disciples here, He is preparing to send them out to preach the message that "the kingdom of Heaven is near." He is giving them authority to heal the sick, to raise the dead, and to drive out demons in His name....

Exploring Peace Be With You

When the risen Christ said, "Peace be with you," I believe He meant for us to hear those words also. It's a pronouncement of well being and wholeness. The words spoken by Jesus to His disciples still need to be heard today, "Peace be with You." What do the words "Peace be with you" mean. It means that you can be at peace with your past....