It's All Grace

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 20:1-16 Do you welcome God’s grace, or are you bothered by it? One of Jesus’ most arresting parables turns many of our ideas about the world—and the church—upside down. Here is one of Jesus’ most arresting stories, from Matthew 20. For the kingdom of heaven is like a master . . . who went out early in …

One Who Would Not Follow

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 19:16-30 Would you give up everything to follow Jesus? Could you? In a famous encounter with a man who had everything, Jesus made a dramatic demand. He could do the same thing to you.   Here is a lovely scene from the 19th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew: “Then children were brought to [Jesus] that he …

Christian Marriage

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 19:1-12 What did Jesus have to say about marriage and divorce? G. K. Chesterton once said that Christianity had not been tried and found wanting; it had been found hard, and not tried. That is especially true about Jesus’ teaching on marriage. One of my favorite New Testament characters is a bit player with a very small …

A Question of Forgiveness

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 18:21-35 Do you find it hard to forgive? According to Jesus, the issue is not whether we ought to forgive those who have wronged us; that’s a given. The issue is why we must forgive. Do you find it hard to forgive? According to Jesus, the issue is not whether we ought to forgive those who have …

Church Life

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 18:15-20 How do you deal with personal conflict? If you’re anything like most people, you don’t deal with conflict very well! But conflict is a given, even in the church. However, Jesus left his followers some instructions on how to resolve it. One of my colleagues used to say, “Working for the church wouldn’t be bad, if …