A STORM ON THE SEA

Matthew, Mark, and John all tell the story of the storm at sea, though with some variations. The story occurs after the feeding of the multitudes (Matthew 14:13-21). Following the meal, Matthew tells us, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side of the lake while he dismissed …


THE CALL OF THE FISHERMAN

Jesus grew up in Nazareth, about sixteen miles due west of the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. But at the age of thirty, he traveled sixty miles southeast, as the crow flies, to a place along the Jordan River, just before it flows into the Dead Sea, where his cousin John the Baptist …


INTRODUCING SIMON PETER: FLAWED BUT FAITHFUL DISCIPLE

I’ve read the Gospels dozens and dozens of times over the last forty years since I first became a follower of Jesus. Most of the time I was focused on Jesus, as the authors of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John intended. But recently I decided to read through the Gospels paying close attention to Simon …


THE MEANING OF THE MANGER

AFTER JESUS WAS BORN, he was wrapped in strips of cloth and placed in a manger. A manger is a feeding trough from which donkeys, horses, and other animals eat. While we usually picture the manger as constructed of wood, the only examples we have left in the Holy Land from ancient times are actually …


How Do Others See Jesus (and Joseph) in You?

How are you shaping the children entrusted to your care? These might be your own children or grandchildren. If you don’t have children these might be nieces or nephews, young people in the workplace, children in Sunday school or youth group. It’s an important question for us all, but I think it is particularly important …