United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: Luke

Nobody preaches about Jesus belching. Which is a shame, and maybe a heresy in this world where getting your bodily needs fully met is a privilege reserved for the few.


Jesus caught a lot of criticism from the religious leaders about the company he kept. Those leaders ended up sounding pretty unkind, and a little too sure they were in the right.


I love ice skating, by which I mean, I love watching other people ice skate on a screen from my couch. So much of what people do in life is much harder than it looks.


I hope your eggnog hasn’t soured, that you haven’t recycled the tree and moved on to other things. I hope you’re still in Christmas. I hope Christmas is still in you.


Greetings, favored ones. The Lord is with you, and the time is nigh. Do not be afraid, but rather prepare yourselves. By God’s indwelling, the world is about to turn.


Herod stands for any emperor or president, any senator or congressperson, any elected or appointed official who will use power to resist the insurgency of love and grace.


When have you done enough justice? How do you know if you’ve managed to walk humbly? Acted beloved enough? There is no straight answer, so we rely on God’s grace.


Maybe some messiah will arrive someday who agrees that lying on the couch playing solitaire on my phone all day is exactly what they meant by sabbath.


Thank God for Advent. Claiming that Jesus’ coming is good news means listening, noticing what God needs me to pay attention to.


This world can be unfair and broken, but there is still so much hope left to claim. When the Prince of Peace comes to us all we will take notice, listen, and dare to change.