Blog Posts by Randy Owens

  • Joined and Knitted Together - Ephesians 4

    Last week after I told the story about the man marooned by himself on an island who had three huts - one he lived in, one he went to church in, and one where he used to go to church, one member told me that when his family used to tour and sing, they were amazed at how many denominations there are. From the Wesleyan tradition there are the United Methodist, the Wesleyan Church, the Free Methodist, the Nazarene Churches, and so on. Just on the west side of town, I've seen First Baptist, Southern Baptist, General Baptist, and Primitive Baptists.

    When I see so many different denominations, I can't help but think of the line from that corny science fiction film, Mars Attacks, where Jack Nicholson says, "Can't we all just get along?" seconds before the Martian uses a ray gun to disintegrate him.

    I also think of Henry Ford, who was once quoted as saying about the model T, "Our customers can have any color they want, as long as it is black." What if we had that type of attitude

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  • Matthew 20: The Landowner Who Hired Workers

    This blog is intended for Christian discussion. Each week I hope to post on a different verse from the Common Lectionary and solicit discussion. Matthew 20:1-16 is the parable of the landowner who hired workers throughout the day and at the end of the day paid them all the same wage.
    Key Points:

    • God is the landowner
    • The landowner called and hired new laborers at 9am, noon, 3pm, 5pm, and the end of the day. This is symbolic of God calling throughout our lives; as infants, adolescents, teens, young adults, middle age, and when elderly. God is always calling.
    • The landownder paid all who answered his call and labored for him the same, regardless of whether they labored the entire day or or labored the last hour of the day. God rewards all who answer his calling, and God decides the reward. What humans consider fair is not a consideration, because God's fairness is not judge against human standards.
    • The landowner, God, agreed to pay what is right. His fairness is for
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