Forgiveness and Cleansing

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you; […]

Grace in the “Real World”

Grace is an intrusion of the Kingdom of God into the “real world”, and the “real world” is always scandalized by it. 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down […]

Mud-pie makers

  Here’s the grace message; We are not perfect. Our kids are not perfect. We don’t drive the perfect car, have the perfect house or the perfect figure. We don’t say perfect things, we don’t think perfect thoughts. But we are greatly loved by the only Perfect One in the universe and He loves us […]

Pictures of Law and Grace

Grace looks at our life with its endless desert of sin, its endless and voracious appetite for forbidden pleasure and pretense and lifeless self-serving fake virtue, and sees one little shred of life, one tiny spot of real joy, one spot of mercy, and seizes on it. It sees years and years and years of […]

The Two Universes – Audio Message

The audio sermon derived from these two posts: The Two Universes The Two Universes – More Thoughts [audio:]

The Woman at the Well

Who gets rebuked and called out on their sin and then gets excited and goes to tell everyone they know to come meet their rebuker? What is going on? As I was listening recently to a wonderful message by Jono Linebaugh here, I was reminded of the story of Jesus and the woman at the […]

Mercury is in Retrograde!

Mercury is in retrograde, and this is NEWS! Not that we’re superstitious of course! But, things are going really well the last few days with certain trouble spots at work, KNOCK ON WOOD! Just don’t open an umbrella inside, or walk under a ladder. We’ve really got to get rid of that black cat […]

The Salt Mine is Closed

He [Paul in Romans 8:1) has not said, “God has done this and that and the other thing; and if by dint of imagination you can manage to pull it all together, you may be able to experience a little solace in the prison of your days.” No. He has simply said, “You are free. […]

Gold from Martin Luther

Gal 1:4 Who gave Himself for our sins. He does not say, “Who received our works,” but, “who gave.” Gave what? Not gold, or silver, or paschal lambs, or an angel, but Himself. What for? Not for a crown, or a kingdom, or out goodness, but for our sins. These words are like so many […]

The Risk and the Daring

May the risk and the daring the scandal and the holiness the surprise and the destiny the power and the weakness the poverty and the richness the humility and the honor of Jesus’ miraculous birth be birthed miraculously in you in your hopes and fears failures and success friendships and solitude work and rest now […]