Archive for June, 2013

Luke 8:26-39

June 23, 2013

Sometimes I wonder if Jesus would be pleased with the way the church teaches in his name. Christianity stresses how Jesus died to save sinners. But that is only a small part of the story. Jesus, himself, said, “I have come that they may have life and life more abundantly.” How often does our theology speak about that?

A garden is often used as a trope for talking about life. A gardener, first, clears away the rocks. That’s like being saved from our sins — necessary, but only the preliminary step. After that comes digging in the soil amendments, cultivating, planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. A garden is more than rock-free ground, and life means more than sin-free living. (more…)

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I Kings 18:20-39, Luke 7:1-10

June 3, 2013

This morning I want to build on the reading from the Book of Kings to talk about praying to God for help.  Does God answer prayer?  If so, why some prayers and not others?  Is prayer really effective? (more…)