The Way of a Neighbor

Jesus made His points in stories. He was telling the Truth in a world that was – and is – ruled by liars. These liars are controlled by the father of lies. Liars like long words, religious words, political words, psychological words. Complexity rules their language. Twisted sayings confuse and...

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Forgiven, Forgiving and Free

I read something horrible this week. A pastor and ministry leader pleaded guilty to molestation of young girls and was sentenced to nearly 20 years. The man is 75 and in poor health. He’s likely to spend the rest of his days behind bars. It is something he expected and...

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The Father and His Two Sons

Cold, bitter, unforgiving, lost. This is how I would describe the elder brother in Jesus’ story of a father and his two sons.  But I don’t think he stayed that way. We have come to call this the Parable of the Prodigal Son. But there’s a whole family dynamic that...

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Who Loves Most?

She interrupted a dinner party to thank the Lord, and what a thanksgiving it was. Her story goes like this. Jesus was invited to eat at the home of one of the region’s leading men. Simon the Pharisee was intrigued by what he heard about the man from Nazareth. The...

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