Well friends, we’re all one week into the national emergency due to the COVID-19 virus. How y’all doing? I’m sure the answers are all over the board. And our answers say much about us — things like where we work, what personality type we have, where we gather our information. But most importantly, this is a great time to find out what we truly value. Testing has a way of making some things clear to us that we can’t see when life is easy, when nothing is asked of us. And what is testing but a time of being asked for things? Let’s dig in this week and see how Jesus handles this, and what it has to teach us, and let’s see why his answers let the crowds utterly amazed.
It is winter in Capernaum, and business at the customs house is slow. Gazing across
the sea of Galilee, Levi fingers the coins in his collection box. But today, strangely, Levi
isn’t thinking about money. Lulled by the cadence of the waves, Levi thinks instead of
himself. For weeks he has felt remarkably alone. Because of his work, of course, he has always
been separated from the life of the city. No Jew who collects taxes for the Roman
imperialists is accepted by his co
Dear friends, For the past decade Dave and I have lived as foreigners in two different Asian countries. In many ways, being a foreigner makes you feel like a child again, trying to figure out an unfamiliar world. Except that you’re 40 years old and locals giggle at you or look at you like, “Why don’t you understand this?” Renting a house, buying a car, grocery shopping, driving, going to the doctor, ordering dinner, filling out paperwork, doing business, following social cus