our tit-for-tat world of ungrace

“I want people to get what they deserve—nothing more, nothing less.” Philip Yancey in What’s so amazing About Grace? Talk about a problematic parable: Matthew 20: 1-16. Jesus tells about a vineyard owner who hires people to work for the day in his vineyard. They set to work diligently in the blazing sun. Meanwhile, the owner… Read More

Colossians 4:1 Just and Fair

“What goes around comes around.” “Spend a minute in their shoes.” “You get what you pay for. ” “You made your bed, now lay in it.” “Do unto others as you would have done to you.” “The sins of the father are visited upon the son.”   You are not the ultimate authority–our Lord and… Read More

Colossians 3:22-25 God has no favorites who can get by with shirking

God’s creation has a number of rules that apply throughout everything. One of them is: “What you sow, that is what you will reap.” If we plant tomato seeds, we will reap tomatoes, not turnips. If we plant discontent, we will experience discontent. If we ingest junk food, our bodies will respond in kind. If… Read More