Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hope for a Rich Fool

Amos 6:1a, 4-7 Ignoring the ruin of Joseph
Psalm 146 Put not your trust in princes
Luke 16:19-31 The rich man and Lazarus

A story of a rich man who refuses to help a poor man and then confronts the dilema of his own salvation. What a universal story! The answer is so easy to see, but the rich man's folly renders him utterly blind. Jesus offers the wisdom to open his eyes.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Outrageous Steward

Amos 8:4-7 Condemning injustice
Psalm 113 Praise to the Lord
Luke 16:1-13 Cannot serve two masters

This manager cheats his master to help his friends. It is outrageous behaviour that shatters our sense of decency and propriety. Why would Jesus tell a story like this? Maybe for exactly that purpose: to shatter out static view of life, thereby opening our hearts to the Sacred in a new way.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

True Follower

Deuteronomy 30:15–20 Choose life
Psalm 1 The two ways
Luke 14:25-33 The cost of discipleship

We all want to be followers -- disciples -- of something ultimate, something wondrously true. Something to which we can give ourselves without reservation and for ever. Something that warrants allowing ourselves to be remade, reshaped and reborn.

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