The Rich Get Richer

The Rich Get Richer

There’s a story in the New Testament that Jesus shares with his disciples. Matthew 25:12-30 is the parable of the talents. The story goes: a rich owner/employer prepares to go off on a lengthy leave and summons three slaves. To each of the slaves he gives a...
Repairer and Restorer of the Streets

Repairer and Restorer of the Streets

It’s curious that religious activities are routinely not merely ignored, but condemned, in the stories of the Bible. Isaiah 58 is one such story calling out false vs. true worship. Or to put another way, what you do vs. what you say you’ll do. It seems no...
Jesus on the Outside

Jesus on the Outside

When we read the Bible it’s important to always keep in mind the literary context and the overarching narrative of the entire book. If we don’t then at best we get creative interpretations; more often than not we take verses and fit them into our own way...
King of the Castle

King of the Castle

in the world but not of… A common ‘us vs. them’ term used in the Christian lexicon is living in the ‘fallen’ world while simultaneously striving to resist the tempting allure the world has to offer. This kind of religion dominates our...

Your Beauty in Pursuit

Our last gathering at The House Coffee Sanctuary before our move to a location yet to be determined was so fitting because it took place on the traditional day of Pentecost. (We read these two pieces of scripture when we gathered Psalm 103:25-35; Acts 2:1-21.) The...