Month: January 2020

Sunday Sermon Preview: The woman trusted that Jesus would help her. And he did… almost without knowing it. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Do me a favor. Close your eyes for a moment. Imagine something with me. It is a dark and stormy night. The clouds obscure the moon and the stars. The lights from town are off in the distance. The rain is falling in sheets. You can barely see your hand in front of your face. And any reasonable person would be at home, in front of the fire, safe and dry, with a good book and a cup of tea. But you had some errand in the countryside, and your car got stuck in the mud, and no reasonable…
Sunday sermon preview: Our fears are legion. Our fears are insidious. And, sometimes at least, we love them. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
The audio on this recording is pretty bad. I apologize for that. It looks like our lectern microphone is having some issues and that’s generating a lot of static. A few years ago, I gave a sermon at Mariah’s church. It was a sermon about holy impatience for the kingdom of God and the messianic banquet. It was about getting the party started. It was a masterpiece of homiletics. And in that sermon, I said that I don’t wear a tie unless it is absolutely necessary and it is never absolutely necessary. I also said that even if only…
Sunday sermon preview: Jesus says to the disciples, “I tell you about the kingdom of God in plain language, so that you will understand. And I tell other people about the kingdom of God in parables… so that they won’t.” Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Jesus came into the world to heal. Christ came into the world to restore. We saw that in last week’s reading, when Jesus rebuked an unclean spirit and healed Simon’s mother-in-law… like it was nothing. We saw it in last week’s reading, when, after Jesus did those things, more and more people showed up, saying, “Will you touch, will you heal me Christ?” And he touched them, and he healed them… like it was nothing. And, after a while, there were so many people that Jesus couldn’t even go into town without the mob showing up. So he stayed…
Sunday sermon preview: It’s not always the truth, but it was the truth in that moment, and it is the truth in so many moments: the easy thing was more important. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
A week-and-a-half ago, on Christmas Eve, we celebrated Christ coming into the world as a baby… among a dispossessed people in an occupied land… to parents who were far from home and who couldn’t find a room for a night. A week-and-a-half ago, on Christmas day, we were not here together, but each of us, in our own way, marked the paradox of Christmas: that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home. A week ago, we read about how Jesus—that baby in a manger, that child in ragged clothes, that king of kings—began his ministry:…
Sunday sermon preview: I can’t help but imagine a 500-foot Jesus rampaging through Manhattan like Godzilla through Tokyo. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Happy New Year! Happy 2020! I grew up reading and watching a lot of science fiction (surprising, I know). The stories I knew promised a lot for 2020: colonies on Mars and Venus, brains permanently connected to the internet, corporations ruling the world, robots doing all of our household tasks, and so on. I’ll leave it to you to decide what sci-fi predictions have come true (or a little bit true). But I know that a year that once seemed to be in the distant future is here now. And it isn’t like anyone thought it would be. The…

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