Holy Week, Good Friday, Crucifixion, Suffering, Death, John 18:1-19:42, Jesus' Death on the Cross

Good Friday? Really? – A Sermon on Suffering and Death

What is your story of suffering and loss? When was a time you thought your heart couldn’t break anymore than it already had? Who are the loved ones you’ve lost? What is the pain that never goes away? When has your world come to an end? When have you cried in the daytime, but had no answer from God, or by night as well but found no rest (Psalm 22:2)? What suffering do you bring today?

Matthew 21:1-11. Zechariah 9:9-10, Jerusalem, Palm Sunday, Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Power, Violence, Life

Will to Power or Will to Life? – A Palm Sunday Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11

Have you ever thought of Jesus’ Palm Sunday procession as a protest march? What if that’s what it really is? What if it is a resistance movement? What if it is highlighting the struggle that takes place in every human heart – the will to power or the will to life? I’ve come to believe that that’s exactly what is happening today. Palm Sunday, Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, sets up a confrontation and it has the whole city in turmoil.

Forward Day by Day, Living Bread, Bread of Life, John 6:52

Who Has Nourished Your Life?

6:52. “The Jews disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’” The short answer to the dispute we read about in our lesson from John is love. The longer answer fills thousands of books. The longer answer rationalizes and divides churches and separates Christians from each other. The longer…

Forward Day by Day, John 6:49 51, Manna in the Wilderness, Living Bread, Bread of Life

Meeting Our Daily Nutritional Requirements

John 6:49, 51a. “Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died…. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever.” Manna and living bread are both necessary, because they feed two different aspects of our lives, together offering a full range of necessary…

Forward Day by Day, Jeremiah 18:6, Change, Transformation, Potter's Wheel

Life on the Potter’s Wheel

Jeremiah 18:6. “’Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just at this potter has done?’ says the LORD. ‘Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.’” Who I am today is not who I was a year ago, five years ago, or fifty years ago. I…