"The parable of the lost coin"

Luke 15:8-10

This parable invites us to reflect on what is important to us and God, and give the effort necessary to find and reclaim that which is important but has been lost in order to celebrate a more whole version of ourselves and the world around us.
— Dan Collison

"The parable of the lost sheep"

Luke 15:1-7

What if the measuring devices with which we’ve grown so accustomed have actually led us away from our truest identity? What if in all of our do-gooding we’ve wandered far from our own belovedness, thinking that the paths we are walking will lead us to water? Perhaps I am the one that has gone missing, and needs to be found, brought back by the shepherd to be reminded of who I am.
— Todd Bratulich

"The parable of the net"

Matthew 13:47-52

This parable invites us to see the interior and external work of the Kingdom of God as a lifelong journey of the Spirit of God helping us sift (like fishermen carefully sorting through baskets of all that was in their net) through our personal narrative chapter by chapter and layer by layer in a way that helps us preserve the wisdom of each stage, set aside that which is worthless, and welcome the new treasures as well as the old.
— Dan Collison

"The parable of the pearl"

Matthew 13:44-46

There is a thing beneath the thing, a hidden wholeness, a bottomless belovedness, a oneness with God and all of God’s creation underneath all of our desire. What if in all of your searching you were to touch up on that ever-deepening river of divine life that it is already within you, but has until now remained hidden?
— Todd Bratulich

"The parable of the hidden treasure"

Matthew 13:44

…today’s parable and the dilemma within it challenges us to see two sides of it: the exacting cost of generosity in the face of scarcity thinking and the outrageous joy of aiming to be as generous as God none the less.
— Dan Collison

Easter Sunday: "Flourishing for all"

Isaiah 65:17-25, Luke 24:1-12

Many love the resurrection for all that it is has come to mean over two centuries since the first Easter. For some it is profound mystery that reordered the human experience around grace through faith and gave a new patterned way to live a joyful life of love. Others show disdain for the resurrection because it emphasized the point that the Creator of all things is outrageously more generous than all the religions that humankind has ever organized.
— Dan Collison

"Palm Sunday"

Philippians 2:5-11

 

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Holy week creates a pattern that can be found in so many of life’s adventures. Palm Sunday is where we take off with an idea, then Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday is were we find out that God has a completely different path for us to take, a path that often includes dealing with our pride and selfish ambition. But if we stay attached to the Vine of Life through our faith in Christ, then God is able to do immeasurably more than we could have ever thought or imagined. God’s amazing power to redeem and resurrect our misguided intentions, will bring the Easter sunrise.
— Bruce Balgaard

"The gift of insignificance"

Luke 13:18-19

Like the pesky little mustard seed, God’s presence and activity often comes unexpectedly, indiscriminately, and with abundance! The liberating news that God’s Kingdom is found not exclusively in the places of great influence, but more often in the insignificant people, places and events that, while seemingly small, bear the infectious possibility of God’s goodness, mercy and love is an invitation to join in the abundance!
— Todd Bratulich

"The parable of the sower"

Mark 4:1-20

If God comes to you and tries to change your heart, but sorrow, hate, worry, or exhaustion stunt the process, it doesn’t lodge you forever into the category of “bad hearer of the word.” Failure isn’t final, it’s the way to healing.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"The parable of the seed growing secretly"

Mark 4:26-29

Our journey through the twenty-five parables of Jesus will invite us to many wonderings about ourselves and our world. We are to take courage when we are confounded and have some of our traditional—and in some cases false beliefs—dislodged from their place of settled-ness. And, in it all, anticipate joyful discoveries about Christ, about ourselves, and our world.
— Dan Collison

"Inhabitants of parched places"

Isaiah 58:1-12

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The danger of an unexamined life is that we might forget who we are, ‘house that believes it is not a house,’ as poet Tracy K. Smith puts it. The season of Lent is a time to pull back the veil, to look hard at the fragility of our own lives, to take stock, to reorient from where we’ve become lost, to repent. And repentance, in the words of the late Fr. Thomas Keating, is simply to ‘change the direction in which you are looking for happiness.’
— Todd Bratulich

"Struggling through disagreements"

3 John

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…ultimately readers of this personal letter are left with a simple take away that is this: John had tremendous resolve and was willing to take the necessary risks to struggle through what he deemed an important disagreement until a breakthrough could be achieved. Resolve and risk in the face of uncertain outcomes was key to his approach.
— Dan Collison