Braving the Wilderness with Brene Brown and Jesus

This week we will preach on Matthew 4:1-17. The key text is vv. 1-11 where Jesus is led into the wilderness for 40 days and faces temptation. You can see my visual commentary on it at the Cartoonist’s Guide to Matthew. Today, however, I want to share a video...
Finding Our Way through Fire and Water

Finding Our Way through Fire and Water

Thirty years have passed. The little boys of Matthew chapters 1 and 2 are now grown up. Elizabeth’s son, John, is a wild man, living out in the wilderness, eating locusts and honey, wearing a robe made of camel’s hair. He is preaching a bombastic message...
Preparing for Epiphany and Matthew Page 2

Preparing for Epiphany and Matthew Page 2

“Aha!” “Eureka!” “I see it now!” All of these exclamations share the spirit of Epiphany. The Greek word is epiphaneia. It comes from the compound word epi=on,to + phainein=to show. We call this season of the year Epiphany because it...
Matthew, Genealogies and Star Wars

Matthew, Genealogies and Star Wars

There seems to be an increasing interest in genealogies and ancestry lately. Several companies advertise that you can send in a swab from your cheek and they can tell you what part of the world your ancestors inhabited. This is a helpful trend for those of us...
Who Brings Down the Mighty?

Who Brings Down the Mighty?

The Final Advent Candle to be lit this weekend is named Love. The text is Luke 1:46-55. This passage is famously called The Magnificat. It is the song Mary sang after her cousin Elizabeth praised her for believing God’s Promise. Here’s the interesting thing about this...
Smashing Plates, Yowies, and Peace

Smashing Plates, Yowies, and Peace

Do you find it difficult to think of peace in our world today? Last week we lit the candle of hope. This week we light the candle of peace. Really? It doesn’t seem like there is a lot of peace in our world. I had the privilege of hanging out with our YOWIES last...
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