Tag: Luke 15

Two Ways to Make a Contract with God

Most people think they have a contract with God.  For our part, we keep a list of rules, do a list of good works, and believe the right theology.  In turn, God will give us good things now and in the life to come. …

The Party!

When you read the three parables of Luke 15 – three parables that Jesus uses to stand down the rule-oriented, intolerant religious people of his day – they all end with a BIG party.  The Shepherd brings home the lost sheep and throws a…

Christianity is not an Agreement to Keep a List of Rules

This blog post is written as an answer to questions that I am getting about my last post on repentance… I want to reiterate that we misunderstand the teachings of Jesus when we come to the conclusion that being a Christian is about agreeing…

Repent! Or Else!

The guy with the sign has repentance all wrong. For instance, let’s say that we make a huge error in judgement and embezzle funds from our employer.  So how do we repent of this misdoing?  Maybe we force ourselves to feel guilt, shame, and…

The Day that Jesus described God as a Woman

Have you heard God called “The Good Shepherd?”  Have you heard God portrayed as the father who runs out to meet the prodigal son?  These are two parables that Jesus told the religious leaders who were annoying him because they did not get that…

Riding out of the Wilderness on Jesus’s Shoulders

I grew up in a church that looked down on me even from my birth.  You see, I was born a girl and girls weren’t supposed to have a voice in this church.  We could not be leaders, teachers of men, and certainly not…

Freeing the Religious — not Religious Freedom

I had been a pastor about four years when the Spirit gave me the crazy notion to preach about how Jesus was the friend of tax collectors and sinners.  This was my text: “Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to…