Matthew 22:34-40 Have you ever noticed how the greatest commandments – to love God and love neighbor – are really simple… and also really, really complicated? That’s because love is complicated.  I’ll give you five reasons why.  Actually – Gary Chapman will give you five reasons why:  the five love languages. Chapman came up with […]


There are so many questions that Jesus answered less-than-clearly.  Often he answered a question with a round-about story, like in Luke 10:25-37: Q:         “Who is my neighbor?” A:         “Once on the way from Jerusalem to Jericho, a man got robbed blind and beaten half to death…” Other times Jesus answers a question with […]


Jeremiah 32:1-15 Jerusalem is under attack, and God asks Jeremiah to buy a field. Which makes no sense.  Why would you buy land when that land is about to be taken? — This isn’t the first time that God told Jeremiah to buy something.  In Jeremiah 13 the prophet is instructed to buy a loin […]


Jeremiah 18:1-12 “So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another […]


Jeremiah 2:4-13 It’s gloom and doom.  It’s like Eeyore wrote a book of the Bible.  It’s a big, fat bummer. Jeremiah, that is. We’re reading through the book of Jeremiah this month at Andrews UMC, so each day I’m putting two or three chapters of this important book of the Bible under my belt.  And […]


Jeremiah 1:4-10 In 1977 the galaxy as we know it was forever changed when the first Star Wars movie hit the theaters. If you’re a nerd like me, you might have raised an eyebrow at the previous statement.  It’s not wrong, but there’s a sense in which it is kind of wrong.  The Star Wars […]


Hebrews 11:1-12 Faith is hard, harder even than it seems. There’s a story in Mark 9 about a man and his demon-possessed son.  Jesus and the father go back and forth on whether or not it’s possible for his son to be healed, until the man blurts out this profound confession of faith:  “I believe; […]