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Good Samaritan

We show love for God by the way that we show love for neighbors, which is always measured by what we do, not what we say. Like Bob Goff says, “Love does.” This was the central message of a recent sermon I preached on Luke 10:25-37’s Parable of the Good Samaritan. It’s tangible and practical, […] Read More

A young man I met in Chiapas, Mexico, voiced a brave request: “Can you help me get to ‘el Norte’ (the North)?” “El Norte” is what many in Mexico call the U.S. The dire poverty in his village was an obvious reason for his desire to migrate to the U.S. I was dumbfounded by his […] Read More

One of the ways in which Christians develop a particular understanding of “Christian” leadership is through a study of biblical characters. A quick look suggests that the following names are often in or near the top 10 of favorites: Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Deborah, Gideon, Solomon, David, Daniel, Esther, Nehemiah, Jesus, Peter and Paul. I […] Read More

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., on July 14, 2013. Luke 10:25-37 The parable of the Good Samaritan is probably the most famous and familiar of Jesus’ parables.  We usually hear it as the story of a big-hearted person who helps an injured stranger in distress and goes the extra […] Read More

The Gospel passage in a recent Sunday liturgy was Luke 10:25-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan. The point of this story, as is the point of the entirety of the gospel, is love of neighbor. We will not be judged on how many services we attend or how well we chant but on how […] Read More

Looking For Amos

A sermon delivered by Wendell Griffen, Pastor, New Millennium Church, Little Rock, Ark., on July 11, 2010.   Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.  Psalm 82:3-4   For this reason, […] Read More

Why is it that the United States prohibits me from being faithful in following my Lord and Savior’s admonishment to imitate the example of the Good Samaritan? (Luke 10:29-37)   During my time in the desert, while walking the migrant trails with food and water strapped to my back looking for those crossing the border […] Read More

The clock is ticking on President Obama’s health care reform plan, and not necessarily in his favor. The inertia in this session of Congress regarding any health care reform bill is evident and bipartisan.   Surprisingly, however, there has appeared a strong push for health care reform from the faith community. Several Christian groups have […] Read More

Two good friends of mine had a harrowing experience yesterday: an 18-year-old daughter went missing on the way home from a long-distance visit with friends the previous night. A frantic day of path-tracing, phone calls, visits with police and contacts with the cell phone company bore no fruit but exhaustion – she was nowhere to […] Read More