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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…
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check is out here! And a reminder that the due date for the next Carillon Notes is January 22, 2020. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
They grow up so fast, don’t they?  It seems like only a few days ago that we were waiting in holy anticipation for God to come into the world; a baby in a manger, hungry and thirsty and naked, weak and in danger and in desperate need of someone to care for him, born to parents who were far from home and unable to find a room for the night. And now it is the Sunday after Christmas. Now it is four days after Christmas. Now it is many years after Christmas. And we read that Jesus—who was a…