Do you want to shake the hand of Jesus?

Do you want to shake the hand of Jesus?

Whose hand would you choose? A Pharisee or a disciple of Jesus?  Knowing what you know about their personal hygiene habits and knowing it is cold and flu season, whose hand would you choose?  I know you love Jesus, but I bet if you had to choose right now, you would...
Whose banquet will you choose?

Whose banquet will you choose?

This is an awful story, isn’t it? Hard to read. Hard to hear. Perhaps we can ignore this story and most on to the next one instead. It’s a much more uplifting story about Jesus feeding 5,000 people.  Check it out if you like. The story of Herod’s...
We are all daughters and sons.

We are all daughters and sons.

If you were to take a picture of me with an item to tell the story of my faith, I think it would be a tassel.  We call them tzitzits.  They are the fringe attached to four corners of clothing. All faithful Jewish men wear them, so of course, the rabbi Jesus of...
The Gift of Sanity

The Gift of Sanity

Everybody pays attention to the pigs. Tell this story to an audience today and the focus is on the porcine creatures. Why did poor innocent pigs have to die? How much money did the pig herders lose? What about the ecological damage to the waters? And...
It’s not easy. But we need some people.

It’s not easy. But we need some people.

My friend, Cindy Bolbach, had a small poster in her office. When you looked at it, what you saw first were hands piled up in a circle – sort of like a basketball team right before it breaks the huddle. The hands were all different colors – white, black, brown. Your...
Understanding the Healing Stories of Jesus

Understanding the Healing Stories of Jesus

All of these stories of Jesus healing and casting out evil spirits are wonderful. They can also be hard to understand. Even the words can be hard to understand. Another pastor got a sense of how foreign leprosy is to Americans. A child in his congregation presented...