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Pray, and Don’t Lose Heart: Thoughts on the Parable of the Persistent Widow

Sir John Everett Millais (British, Southampton 1829–1896 London)

This post is a reflection on the Parable of the Persistent Widow and the Unrighteous Judge in Luke 18.  But before considering this parable, I’d like to start by reflecting upon a Psalm: Continue reading

The Waiting Father: Thoughts on the Prodigal Son

Actually, this morning we come to the Parable of the Prodigal Son, probably one of the more famous parables that Jesus told.  It’s a fairly straightforward parable that concludes a trilogy of teachings about the heart of the Father towards his wayward and sinful children.  To refresh your memory from last week, we’ve been looking at Luke chapter 15. Continue reading

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner: Thoughts on the Parable of the Great Banquet

This morning we approach the parable of the Great Banquet.  This is a continuation of the same event that we studied last week.  To refresh your memory, it is the sabbath and Jesus has been invited to the home of a ruler of the Pharisees.  While there, he starts off with what is to them is a scandalous action: recall that he heals a man and then challenges them on whether or not such a healing is among the works that should be counted as a violation of God’s sabbath (as opposed to their customs).  Then, after exposing their hypocrisy, he proceeds to instruct them in true humility.

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The Wise and Faithful Servant: A Meditation

We’re continuing a study on the parables of Jesus as recorded in the gospel of Luke and once again, last week it was my turn to teach a lesson on Luke 12:35-48, which is a short passage, but a surprisingly challenging one!  Depending on your version of the Bible, you might have a heading before this section that reads “You Must Be Ready” (or something similar) or maybe one that says “The Faithful Servant & the Evil Servant”.   So let’s jump right in and study this passage….

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Who is a Refugee and How Did They Get Here?

Ran across this infographic from World Relief that is really helpful in understanding the process by which a refugee gets to the U.S.  It’s also important to be clear about who, exactly, is a refugee versus, say, an illegal alien or an internally displaced person, or an asylum seeker or a migrant.  Each term has a specific meaning (with an associated legal status).  When engaging in conversations about the current global refugee crisis, it’s important to define the terms since there’s a tremendous amount of mis-information that’s being fueled by the media.  Continue reading

New (& Free) PrayerDevotion App

Prayer Devotion AppI’m pretty excited that my son Jon just had our PrayerDevotion App approved in the App Store!  We’ve been working on this one for quite a while.  The concept is simple: a prayer journal app for the iPhone to keep up with all the things that I’ve told people that I’d pray for with every great intention, but poor execution. Continue reading

Walking Around Birmingham

I was talking with my neighbor from California the other day and he was remarking how there aren’t any good resources online to find out where to go walking around Birmingham.  In addition, he said that while he’s met lots of people from California who’ve moved to Birmingham (who knew?!) that there wasn’t any way to connect with them.  As anyone who’s “not from around here” knows, it can be challenging to plug into a community like Birmingham where it seems like all the insiders know each other and if you didn’t grow up here, you feel like a real outsider! Continue reading