'Parables Sermon Series' Tagged Posts

The Ten Virgins

One of the things I’ve noticed about having kids is that it takes us longer and longer to get anywhere. It’s not really about the journey being longer though, but rather about the getting ready taking longer. Going on a trip? Have to pack for five people now. Going out the door? Everyone has to find their shoes and their coats and their hats and their backpacks and their…. Oy! It’s not always about going places, either. Sometimes, there’s a…

The House Built on the Rock

Our family did a staycation this summer, exploring stuff in the greater Buffalo region that we wouldn’t normally get to do as a family. One of my favorite destinations was Stony Brook State Park, where we hiked up the gorge as a family to see God’s glorious hand at work in creation. My two older kids and I were not content to walk along the trail, however. Like many there, we decided to walk in the river instead of next…

Workers in the Vineyard

One of the questions I get asked in Confirmation sometimes is about how people are saved. I wax theological with the Middle School students, quote some Bible passages, and then sum up with something along the lines of, “Really, all you have to do is believe in Jesus.” Inevitably, as the conversation goes on, we eventually get to the question about the man on death row. He has committed lots of horrible sins. “Are you telling me that if this…

A Shrewd Manager

Several years ago, I built a loft for my daughter. We found some plans online and my mom came to visit for a weekend and helped construct the loft. As I reviewed the plans, however, they called for the use of a very specific tool (a Kreg Jig) to create angled drill holes for screws. I didn’t have the tool, so we tried other methods of accomplishing the same task. It didn’t work because we were trying to use tools…