“Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” – A meditation on Matthew 25:8

To folks who were raised to be kind and share, the story of the wise and foolish virgins might seem a little cruel or harsh.  5 virgins were wise and had oil, 5 were foolish and didn’t have [...]

Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?

The question Peter asks Jesus seems quite reasonable. Really, it is, at least from a simple, worldly perspective. How many times do I forgive someone before it's better to just cut them off out [...]

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” – Matthew 5:3

Jesus seems a bit off His rocker when He starts the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. He begins with the verses that today we call the “Beattitudes” - the “Blessed are the....” sayings.

“Then He came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still.” – A Meditation on Luke 7:14

There are lots of different ways to think of or to describe what Jesus came to do. However, this text in Luke 7 gives us one of the most simple and beautiful ones imaginable. Jesus came to stop [...]