Another powerful story from Jesus emerges, this one from the lectionary reading of Luke 15:1-10. Jesus is speaking with unpopular persons, a despised lot of tax collectors and “sinners” considered unworthy of Rabbi Jesus’ words. As usual, the controversy aroused a teachable moment wherein Jesus shared a parable. Critics were upset with Jesus, but he responded with a story, beginning with a discussion of how someone who owns a hundred sheep will leave the ninety-nine and pursue the lost one. The point is about how we focus more on what we don’t have than on what remains. Jesus continued, saying that the shepherd found hisRead More →

What is the cost of your faith? This is more than a rhetorical question considering the lectionary text of Luke 14:25-33. Jesus provided insight into the cost of devotion to God (hint: An effective spiritual life is neither cheap nor easy). The setting entails Jesus watching a crowd that was following him. Jesus felt that there were superficial persons who didn’t understand what it meant to be a dedicated disciple. Jesus made some powerful statements intended to separate the serious devotees from the idly curious and weak-willed. Jesus caught peoples’ attention by saying “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wifeRead More →