Getting out of a Lose – Lose Situation

Ever been in a lose-lose situation? They make you feel trapped.  No answer seems good. Mutually Assured Destruction.  You shoot an arsenal of nuclear bombs at me, and I will shoot my arsenal of nuclear bombs at you.  Boom.  Not a good solution. What about other lose-lose situations that are more a part of ourContinue reading “Getting out of a Lose – Lose Situation”

That time Jesus told us to do evil

Yeah. That time Jesus told us to be evil. For real.  He did. Is there a catch?  Though I’ve barely written ten words, you’re probably suspecting that there’s a catch.  There’s no way I would believe that Jesus told us to do evil, would I? Except that this is what he Jesus said: “I tellContinue reading “That time Jesus told us to do evil”

Woe to you, Christians – Part 2 – How to stop the two main things that will cause your death

Imagine you have been invited to your pastor’s house for dinner and some leaders of the church are there.  It is a nice meal with pleasant dinner conversation. Do you think you would take this time to point out all the things you didn’t like about the people around the table? Some of you might! Continue reading “Woe to you, Christians – Part 2 – How to stop the two main things that will cause your death”

Woe to you, Christians! – Part 1: How a woe oracle could save the church from death

“Woe!” but not “Woah!” What’s the difference? “Woah” is an utterance of surprise, or a command to “Stop!” But “Woe” is a wailing of sadness.  In the Bible there are Woe Oracles in the Old Testament.  That word “woe” was used in Israel primarily at funerals.  People would loudly proclaim “woe” at the passing ofContinue reading “Woe to you, Christians! – Part 1: How a woe oracle could save the church from death”

What happens when Jesus tells the Bible scholars they don’t know the Bible?

The religious establishment is on him.  They’ve been following him ever since he splashed onto the scene months earlier, healing people and preaching and gaining a following of large crowds.  These Bible teachers, these Pharisees, are the religion police of their day, and they have dispatched some agents to check Jesus out.  Now they’re followingContinue reading “What happens when Jesus tells the Bible scholars they don’t know the Bible?”

Why Jesus would rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints – Luke 5:27-39

Last week I introduced this past Sunday’s sermon with a game of Don’t Forget the Lyrics – Billy Joel Edition.  We had a lot of fun playing the game live in worship on Sunday. I wanted to play Don’t Forget the Lyrics – Billy Joel Edition because of some lines from his song “Only TheContinue reading “Why Jesus would rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints – Luke 5:27-39”