Christ the King – Br. Curtis Almquist

Luke 23:35-43

The people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at [Jesus], saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’ The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’ Continue reading

Today – salvation – has come! – Br. David Vryhof

Luke 19:1-10

I have what I presume is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this evening of preaching for a second time in the space of just over two weeks about the story of Zaccheus.  The first was on Sunday, November 4, when I used the story as a starting point to talk about the radical welcome that Jesus extends to all, even – and especially – to those who live on the margins of human society. Continue reading

Wrestling Match – Br. Mark Brown

Wisdom 2:23-3:9/Psalm 34:15-22/Luke 17:7-10

“So you, also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say ‘We are worthless slaves, we have done only what we ought to have done.’”

Some of you may have your own version of the Jefferson Bible.  Thomas Jefferson, you’ll remember, made up his own edition of the Bible that literally cut out the parts he didn’t like.  Reaching for the scissors—at least metaphorically–may be tempting at times. But we have other options. Continue reading

Invitation to God’s Banquet Table – Br. Curtis Almquist

Luke 14:15-24

“One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, ‘Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready now.” But they all alike began to make excuses. Continue reading

Zaccheus, Come Down! – Br. David Vryhof

Luke 19:1-10

As a child, I learned a song about Zaccheus.  I won’t sing it for you, but the words went like this:

“Zaccheus was a wee little man; a wee little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see…”

The fascination of the story for children, of course, is that this small but important man clamored up a tree to get a better look at the popular preacher who had come to town.  He wanted to see Jesus, though he wasn’t planning on being seen by him. Continue reading