Jesus: the Hood Ornament for Our Self-Importance

Viridiana Martinez shared the following photo on her facebook page this past weekend:If the bottom text is too fuzzy for you to read, the whole billboard says, "We follow Christ, so it's basically a win/win for you to follow us." The arrogance of this advertisement is astonishing. I get that this particular church is trying to make a play on words since the word "follow" probably refers to following the church's actions online on twitter or some similar network. But this sign captures an … [Read more...]

If You Want to Be Good, Be a Samaritan First!

Sermon for 7/11/2010 Text: Luke 10:25-37If you want to be good, be a Samaritan first. Most people reading the Good Samaritan story put the focus on being “good”; I want to put the focus on being a Samaritan. We can do all the good in the world; we can stop and help every person with a flat tire on the beltway; but unless we have a Samaritan heart, the good that we do won’t do us any good at all.It’s hard to get past a surface level reading of the Good Samaritan story since everybody knows it. … [Read more...]


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