Texts: Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Luis came into my life one day by way of an intercom message from a church staff person. “There’s a man here who wants to see a pastor. Are you available?” When I answered that yes, I was available, the administrative assistant told me that the man was waiting in the church courtyard. I laid aside the materials I was preparing for a bible study the next day, and went out.
There’s a saying that real estate agents have, “location, location, location.” The point is that if you have a choice between a really great house in an awful location and a pretty awful house in a great location, go with the awful house. Because, bad houses can be improved but bad locations are unfixable.
Texts: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Romans 10b-13; Luke 4:1-13
Lent, who needs it? This isn’t everyone’s favorite season. The weather is fickle. Snow, wind, rain, with intermittent pale sunshine. Flowers on the altar are forbidden. The color is deep purple, if there’s any color at all.
Texts: Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12 – 4:2; Luke 9:28-36 [37-43a]
You know what it’s like to go on a trip with your family, and then to recall it many years later. Perhaps pulling out old photographs and reminiscing about all the things that happened… the places you stayed, the sights you saw.
The Rev. Beth Purdum Eden is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has served in more than 6 parishes in the Western United States for 30 years.