Jesus and Judas

Jesus didn’t just preach on enemy love, he demonstrated it for us. Looking out at those who accused and murdered him, he cried out from the cross “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34). Just imagine putting an innocent man in an electric chair and him saying that to all…

Enemy Love Demands Our Attention

Today we often hear the stories of how the church has loved those who have loved them, but to that scenario Jesus essentially said, “So what?” Or to use his actual words: “If you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” (Mt 5:46)….

Praying for Your Enemies

God did not just tell us to love him, but to love our neighbors as well. “Not the neighbors you pick out,” farmer-poet Wendell Berry would say, “but the ones you have” (Berry, Wendell. “The Futility of Global Thinking.” Harper’s Magazine. September 16, 1989, p. 22.) Jesus makes the process simple: start with the people you have…

The Parable of the Computer Apps

Tomorrow I’ll be preaching on Matthew 13:24-30 and I couldn’t help but share a strange retelling of this parable that I was working on, because I’m cracking up at what I wrote. Since I live in an urban community, I was attempting to modernize Jesus’ farming parable into something more technological. I even called my…