The Unjust Steward

This past Sunday, the Gospel reading was Luke 16:1-13. In this reading, a steward, (a trusted servant responsible for the household of his master), has wasted his master’s goods. He is told to prepare an accounting, as he will be removed from his position. In something of a panic, he calls in his master’s debtors and reduces their debts to curry favor with them that he might have some recourse after losing his position. On its face, he appears to continue to mismanage his master’s affairs, again for his own benefit. And then we have this odd reaction from his master:

“The master commended the dishonest steward for his prudence…” Luke 16:8a


This is followed by Jesus saying to the Pharisees: “And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations.” Luke 16: 9

So, am I the only one that was ever confused by this? Looks to me like Jesus is telling us to lie, cheat and steal to gain heaven. I’ve never been particularly enlightened by any of the homilies I’ve heard on this either. Most times the focus is on the earlier reading from Amos, which talks about how the people “observe the Sabbath” by not selling and cheating in the marketplace, yet, their hearts and minds are focused on when they can resume their dishonest lives instead of on the worship of God. Let’s face it, there is a lot of material to work with there, in our time as much as 2000 years ago.


Finding the Narrow Gate

Continuing the Highway to Hell series.

"Guess I'll have to find a wider, easier path."
“Guess I’ll have to find a wider, easier path.”

What if you do remember whizzing past some of the signposts covered in the previous posts? A suggestion was put on the table for consideration, “Turn around.”

Yes, turn around, or as we learned, convert. What happens if you turn around? You may find you have some baggage to unload. Stuff that you might really want to keep. Stuff that you may feel you can’t live without. What do you do? Well, don’t do what the guy in the picture is about to do.



Watch the signs! Avoid the Wide and Easy Path!

Whether known as the seven capital sins, the seven cardinal sins, or the seven deadly sins, they are all signposts on the highway to hell.

most interesting sinnerHave you heard of the Seven Deadly Sins? What are the Seven Deadly Sins, and why are they considered deadly?

Are the Seven Deadly Sins also Mortal Sins? Doesn’t the meaning of the word “mortal” mean death, since being immortal means never dying?

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What is Truth?

Quod Est Veritas? Christ and Pilate, by Nikolai Ge.
Quod Est Veritas? Christ and Pilate, by Nikolai Ge.

Word Press has a daily post prompt. The most recent was “Plead The Fifth.” If we are to find God in all things, then we should be able to find Him and write about Him in these daily post prompts:

Is Jesus God?

I used to think this was a hard question, and I used to have a lot of different approaches to that question, depending on who I thought my target audience was.

Sometimes I would “Plead The Fifth”, but my motives for that had more to do with personal weakness and lack of conviction than whomever I was talking with.

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