August 13, 2017 |Parable of the Ten Virgins: How to be a Good Waiter

August 7, 2017 |Parable of the Wedding Feast

July 30, 2017 |First or Last

July 23, 2017 |Parable of the Unmerciful Servant: Community is Forgiveness

July 16, 2017 |Parable of the Lost Sheep: God Pursues Us

July 9, 2017 |Parable of the Net: We Have a Good Judge

July 2, 2017 |Parables of the Treasure and the Pearl: The Kingdom is so Valuable!

June 25, 2017 |Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast: A Different Kind of Power

June 18, 2017 |Parable of the Weeds

June 11, 2017 |Parable of the Sower: Jesus Demands a Response

May 28, 2017 |Practicing Resurrection (Part 6): From Fear to Courage

May 21, 2017 |Practicing Resurrection (Part 5): From Worldly Peace to Biblical Peace

May 14, 2017 |Practicing Resurrection (Part 4): From Judgment to Compassion

May 7, 2017 |Practicing Resurrection (Part 3): From Success to Faithfulness

April 30, 2017 |Practicing Resurrection (Part 2): From Anxiety to Trust

April 23, 2017 |Practicing Resurrection (Part 1): Eternal Life Now

April 16, 2017 |Easter Sunday: Prisoners of Hope

April 10, 2017 |Jesus' Last 24 Hours (Part 6): Jesus en la Cruz (Jesus on the Cross)

April 2, 2017 |Jesus' Last 24 Hours (Part 5): Christ Bears Our Shame

March 26, 2017 |Jesus' Last 24 Hours (Part 4): Barabbas or Jesus—Who do you choose?

March 19, 2017 |Jesus' Last 24 Hours (Part 3): Trial Before the Sanhedrin

March 12, 2017 |Jesus' Last 24 Hours (Part 2): Garden of Gethsemane

March 5, 2017 |Jesus' Last 24 Hours (Part 1): The Last Supper

February 26, 2017 |Whatever it Takes

February 19, 2017 |Embrace Values (Part 6): Comfortable with being Uncomfortable

February 12, 2017 |Embrace Values (Part 5): Church=Diverse Family

February 5, 2017 |Embrace Values (Part 4): Keep it Real

January 29, 2017 |Embrace Values (Part 3): Neighborhood Focused

January 22, 2017 |Embrace Values (Part 2): Gritty Christ-Followers

January 15, 2017 |Embrace Values (Part 1): Jesus at the Center

January 8, 2017 |The Voice of God

January 1, 2017 |Epiphany

December 25, 2016 |Only the Poor Can Receive the Christ-Child

December 24, 2016 |Lovers of God in a Dangerous Time

December 18, 2016 |Advent (Part 4): Darkness and Light

December 11, 2016 |Advent (Part 3): The Star Shines Bright in Dark and Depressing World

November 27, 2016 |Advent (Part 1): Root

November 20, 2016 |Jeremiah (Part 5): Imagining Another Way

November 13, 2016 |Jeremiah (Part 4): The Struggle is Real (Post-Election Pain)

November 6, 2016 |Jeremiah (Part 3): Honest Speech in Times of Lies and Deception

October 30, 2016 |Jeremiah (Part 2): God's Freedom in an Oppressive World

October 23, 2016 |Jeremiah (Part 1): Prophetic Witness Against the Empire

October 16, 2016 |God Found Me

October 9, 2016 |Listen Up!

October 2, 2016 |Finding Jesus Along the Way (Part 6): The Hardest Part is the First Step

September 25, 2016 |Finding Jesus Along the Way (Part 5): Conspiring in Our Favor

September 18, 2016 |Finding Jesus Along the Way (Part 4): Open to People We Meet Along the Way

September 12, 2016 |Finding Jesus Along the Way (Part 3): Relationship

August 29, 2016 |Humbled and Hungry

August 28, 2016 |Finding Jesus Along the Way (Part 1): Shed the Weight

August 21, 2016 |Parables: Keys to the Kingdom (Part 4): Parable of the Sower

August 14, 2016 |Parables: Keys to the Kingdom (Part 3): Who I Am Makes a Difference

August 7, 2016 |Parables: Keys to the Kingdom (Part 2): God's Mysterious "Generosity"

July 31, 2016 |Parables: Keys to the Kingdom (Part 1): Humble Righteousness

July 24, 2016 |Acts (Part 6): Acts of Endurance

July 17, 2016 |Acts (Part 5): The Lifelong Process of Conversion

July 10, 2016 |Acts (Part 4): Acts of Spies and Defectors

July 3, 2016 |Acts (Part 3): Taking the Gospel to the Fringes

June 26, 2016 |Acts (Part 2): Acts of Radical Outreach

June 19, 2016 |Acts (Part 1): Holy Spirit is Mission-Focused

June 12, 2016 |Do You See this Woman?

June 5, 2016 |The Gerasene Demoniac

May 29, 2016 |Holy Spirit - Part 3

May 22, 2016 |Holy Spirit - Part 2

May 15, 2016 |Holy Spirit - Part 1

May 8, 2016 |Finding Jesus in Unexpected Places

May 1, 2016 |The Freedom of Christ

April 24, 2016 |Humble and Willing

April 17, 2016 | Finding Joy in Friendship and Sharing the Gospel

April 10, 2016 | The Joy of Friendship

April 3, 2016 | Love is All You Need

March 27, 2016 | Easter Sunday: The Worst Thing is Never the Last Thing

March 20, 2016 | Palm Sunday: The Rocks Will Cry Out

March 13, 2016 | Making Neighborhoods Whole: Empowerment

March 6, 2016 | Making Neighborhoods Whole: Wholistic Approach

February 28, 2016 | Making Neighborhoods Whole: Church-Based

February 22, 2016 | Making Neighborhoods Whole: Listening to the Community

February 14, 2016 | Making Neighborhoods Whole: Leadership Development

February 7, 2016 | Making Neighborhoods Whole: Redistribution

January 31, 2016 | Making Neighborhoods Whole: Reconciliation

January 24, 2016 | Making Neighborhoods Whole: Relocation

January 17, 2016 | Making Neighborhoods Whole: Introduction

January 10, 2016 | Small Things Matter

January 3, 2016 | Radical Reversal


December 27, 2015 | Riches to Rags

December 20, 2015 | The Magnificat

December 13, 2015 | Joy

December 06, 2015 | Repentance

November 29, 2015 | Good News of the Apocalypse

November 22, 2015 | A Kingdom Not Of This World

November 15, 2015 | A Talk Between Friends

November 8, 2015 | Money Matters - Give All You Can

November 1, 2015 | Money Matters - Save All You Can

October 25, 2015 | Money Matters - Earn All You Can

October 18, 2015 | The Price of Power is Prayer

October 11, 2015 | Praying For Those Close To Us

October 4, 2015 | Prayer Must Be Centered In Jesus

September 27, 2015 | Hope For Return

When the early church pondered Jesus, cadences of Elijah rang in their ears, because they sensed that Jesus was an enactment of a dangerous, healing, liberating otherwise that could not be stopped. And they remembered the earlier time when they had come face-to-face with otherwise.
— Walter Brueggemann

September 20, 2015 | What Are You Doing Here?

The sovereign God who is in control of everything, is the same God who has experienced the pain I live with every day. No matter how deep the pit into which I descend, I keep finding God there. He is not aloof from my suffering but draws near to me when I suffer. He is vulnerable to pain, quick to shed tears, and acquainted with grief.
— Gerald Sittser

September 13, 2015 | It's Time To Make A Choice

How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.
— 1 Kings 18:21

September 6, 2015 | Who Do You Serve?

August 30, 2015 | A Salvation Oracle for Today

August 23, 2015 | It Could Be Otherwise

When the early church pondered Jesus, cadences of Elijah rang in their ears, because they sensed that Jesus was an enactment of a dangerous, healing, liberating otherwise that could not be stopped. And they remembered the earlier time when they had come face-to-face with otherwise.
— Walter Brueggemann

August 16, 2015 | Fit In With Jesus

You have each left but one father and mother and home, and as you have done so you have gained without any effort or care countless fathers and mothers and brothers, as well as houses and lands and most faithful servants, in any part of the world to which you go, who receive you as their own family, and welcome, and respect, and take care of you with the utmost attention.
— John Cassian

August 9, 2015 | Jesus, Friend of Sinners: We are Not Called Servants but Friends

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
— John 15:13-15

August 2, 2015 | Jesus, Friend of Sinners: Friendship Requires Fidelity

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.
— Matthew 11:19

July 26, 2015 | Jesus, Friend of Sinners: Friends of God

And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.
— James 2:23

July 19, 2015 | Psalms - Part 4: "Psalm 34 - Thank You for Saving Me"

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears
— Psalm 34:4

July 12, 2015 | Psalms - Part 3: "Psalm 88 - Don't Give Up"

To whom do you vocalize the most intense, irrational—meaning inchoate, inarticulate—anger? Would you do so with someone who could fire you or cast you out of a cherished position or relationship? Not likely. You don’t trust them—you don’t believe they would endure the depths of your disappointment, confusion…The person who hears your lament and far more bears your lament against them, paradoxically, is someone you deeply, wildly trust…the language of lament is oddly the shadow side of faith.
— Dan Allender

July 5, 2015 | Psalms - Part 2: "Psalm 104 - Finding God's Love in Creation"

It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon.
— G.K. Chesterton.

June 28, 2015 | Psalms - Part 1: "All Kinds of Emotional"

The Psalms contain the anguished journals of people who want to believe in a loving, faithful God while the world keeps falling apart around them.
— Philip Yancey

May 31, 2015 | Lost Son Parable - Part 1: Younger Son

May 24, 2015 | True Greatness

Be careful as you climb the ladder of success or else on your way up you may pass Jesus on his way down.

May 17, 2015 | Ruth Series - Part 5 - "Faithfulness of Ordinary People"

Without this Moabite girl, Christianity would be without its Founder; Israel and the world would be immeasurably the poorer.
— Robert L. Hubbard

May 10, 2015 | Ruth Series - Part 4 - "Be the Answer to Your Prayers"

Thus she models one way in which divine and human actions work together: believers are not to wait passively for events to happen; rather, they must seize the initiative when an opportunity presents itself.
— Robert Hubbard, Jr

May 3, 2015 | Ruth Series - Part 3 - "Hesed Leads to Shalom"

“The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.”
— Ruth 2:20 NIV

April 26, 2015 | Ruth Series - Part 2 - "Strange Devotion"

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.
— Ruth 1:16 - 17 NIV

April 19, 2015 | Ruth Series - Part 1- "God Can Redeem Your Story"

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
— Romans 6:4

April 12, 2015 | Hearts that Burn

Were not our hearts burning while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?
— Luke 24:32 (NIV)

April 5, 2015 | The Resurrection Changed Everything

‘Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?’
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
— 1 Corinthians 15:54b-58

March 22, 2015 | Growing Through Struggle and Pain - Part 3 - "The Wounded Healer"

One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
— G.K. Chesterton

March 15, 2015 | Growing Through Struggle and Pain - Part 2 - "Love is Not a Victory March"

We are called to discover that no pain is ever useless. It is more like the manure spread on the ground. It smells horrid and seems only to be waste, but in fact it enriches and nourishes the earth, allowing it to bring forth new life. Nothing is lost. Jesus welcomes everything that is broken. If we give him our weakness he will transform it into a source of life.
— Jean Vanier

March 8, 2015 | Growing Through Struggle and Pain - Part 1 - "The Lord is Near to the Broken Hearted"

I discovered an astonishing truth: God is attracted to weakness. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him.
— Jim Cymbala

March 1, 2015 | "Close to the Kingdom of God"

Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have:
But of the best leaders
When their task is done
The people will remark, ‘We have done it ourselves.’
— Chinese Proverb

February 22, 2015 | "Risky Business"

Faith is the willingness to look foolish.
— Mark Batterson

February 15, 2015 | "Relocation and Reconciliation"

Jesus’ love, His bodily presence in the community, burned through racial barriers, reconciling Jew and Samaritan. In the same way, the presence of Christ’s Body in a community today could bring people together.
— John Perkins

February 8, 2015 | Before Anything Else - Part 5 - "Dedicated to Prayer"

To pray is to change.
— Richard Foster

February 1, 2015 | Before Anything Else - Part 4 - "Dedicated to the Breaking of Bread"

The path of love is woven is sacrifice.
— Jean Vanier

January 25, 2015 | Before Anything Else - Part 3 - "Dedicated to Fellowship"

So true is this that one of the greatest dangers to our lives as Christians lies in imagining that “God cannot be here, in the things of each instant, because they are so simple and ordinary.
— Saint Josemaria

January 18, 2015 | Before Anything Else - Part 2 - "Dedicated to the Apostles' Teaching"

If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
— John 8:31-32

January 11, 2015 | Before Anything Else - Part 1 - "Introduction: Embrace's Bae"

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
— Acts 2:42