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Taking the Scenic Route – The Itinerary: Ephesians 3:14-21 and 2 Samuel 11:1-15

The story of David, Joab, and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11 is a story about timing and about faithfulness. In the first verse of the story, the author of 2 Samuel lets the reader know what the kingly… Read More

Taking the Scenic Route: No Rest for the Weary – Ephesians 2:11-22 and Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

“According to a Greek legend, in ancient Athens a man noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some little boys. He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such frivolous… Read More

Taking the Scenic Route: A Contempt Roundabout – Mark 6:14-29; 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12-19

So often, we think we know what a Scripture passage is all about, only to discover later that things are far more complicated than we first thought. Take our story from 2 Samuel 6 for example. Every time… Read More

Taking the Scenic Route: God’s Strength in Weakness – 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 and Mark 6:1-13

This week, our summer road trip brings us to Nazareth in Galilee, the hometown of Jesus. Jesus returns to his hometown with his disciples. And he goes into the synagogue to preach. And the people there are shocked… Read More

Taking the Scenic Route: You Are Here – Psalm 130 and Mark 5:21-43

GPS devices are great for lots of things, but they have fundamentally changed how people travel on the road. When I was a kid, we stopped at rest areas along our road trips. Of course we stopped there… Read More

Un-Series: Don’t Tell Me to Calm Down – 1 Samuel 17:32-49 and Mark 4:35-41

Have you ever told someone to calm down when they were angry with you? How did the person react? Did they immediately become calm? If your experience has been anything like mine, telling someone to “calm down” usually… Read More

Now What? – I Will Put My Spirit In You – Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Acts 2:1-21

“A U.S. Lutheran bishop tells of visiting a parish church in California and finding a stirring red and orange banner on the wall. ‘Come Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!’ it declared in words printed under a picture of a fire… Read More

Now What? – Lost and Found – John 17:6-19; Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

This past Thursday was Ascension Day, the day set aside for remembering the way Jesus was taken up into heaven after the resurrection. Ascension Day is always strange to me because it happens in the middle of the… Read More

Now What? – Even Them? – John 15:9-17 and Acts 10:44-48

There is an old joke that asks, “How do you make God laugh?” And the response, which comes off more observational than laugh out loud funny, is “Make a plan.” How do we make God laugh? We make… Read More

Now What? – Stay Open – John 15:1-8, Acts 8:26-40

A year ago, as Covid-19 was shutting down cities and businesses, and as Italy’s healthcare system was crushed under the burden of a surge of patients in need of care, Italians joined their voices together and sang. Their… Read More