Robe of Mercy

“And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him…” Matthew 27:25-31 Maundy Thursday 2012 All four of the Gospel writers tell us that when Jesus was arrested and tried, not only was he stripped and scourged, but he was mocked by soldiers who dressed him up in a robe, with a crown of thorns, put a scepter made… Read more →


“All the promises of God find their Yes in him…” 2 Corinthians 1:18-20  I got in trouble once in the 2nd grade when a boy across the room passed a note to me.  Of course, in transit, the note was opened and read by every kid between him and me.  By the time the note reached me, they were all… Read more →

If Jesus is the Door

“My house shall be called a house of prayer… but you have made it a den of robbers.” Mark 11:12-25 This week is the 6th in our series on the I Am Sayings of Jesus. and we are exploring the meaning of “I Am the Door,” or, as it is sometimes translated, “I Am the Gate.”  The verse is found… Read more →

If Grace is Not Amazing

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:1-10 If you are going to be an addict, I strongly recommend that you be a workaholic. As you know, it is the most socially acceptable addiction of them all. Indeed, people get awards and all sorts… Read more →

To Soften Our Hearts

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem…” Isaiah 40, 1-2, 16 “By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us…” Luke 1:67-79 Again and again in scripture we are warned about spiritual danger of “hardness of heart”—the closed mind, the closed heart, the closed doors.  Speaking of closed doors,… Read more →

Christ the Center

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, in him all things hold together…” Colossians 1:15-20 July 22, 2007 The Reopening of the Sanctuary It was the first day after the storm that business owners were allowed to enter the city, to “look and leave.”  Pastors were included in that category (although, if anything, our… Read more →

Alphabet of Grace

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart…” Psalm 111 I had not seen this place for 55 years, but last week, coming home from a district preachers’ meeting in Metairie, trying to avoid the interstate, taking a neighborhood route, I drove right by it: the Bridge Dale Elementary School.  This was where I was a first… Read more →


“And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body…’” 1 Corinthians 11:17-26 This is my body, this is my blood: these 8 words are from the earliest record we have of the words of Jesus.  They are the heart of the sacrament.  You can change or take away all the other words of the… Read more →