Forgiving an $8,000 Debt

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel lectionary text was Matthew 18:21-35.  Forgiveness is hard. It’s challenging. Let’s look in the gospel. Peter asks Jesus, “Lord, if someone sins against me, how often do I have to forgive? Seven times?” Ah-ah. Nope. Not seven. Seventy-seven. In fact, the … Continue reading Forgiving an $8,000 Debt

Follow Where Jesus Leads

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 16:21-28.  By now most of you have seen the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has wreaked on Houston and surrounding cities in Texas. And perhaps some of you are wondering why things like this happen. What did the people … Continue reading Follow Where Jesus Leads

On Telemarketers and the Origin of Sin

I've gotten several telemarketer calls lately. I should just hang up. I know I should. Instead, my whole world turns red, my stomach churns, my neocortex shuts down, my lizard brain takes ascendance. I should just hang up. I know I should. I should be courteous. I know I should. But I don't. I experience … Continue reading On Telemarketers and the Origin of Sin