a sermon on kings and demons and strong men (oh my)

The texts this week are full of religious and political scandal. After generations of God’s leadership as the people’s highest authority, in today’s reading the people of Israel want a human king. Recent leadership has been corrupt, neighboring kingdoms are gaining power, and economic interests are at stake...

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a pentecost sermon on fire, wind, and power

Day of Pentecost | Texts: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Acts 2:1-21, John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 | The Holy Spirit is fire, and wind, and power. The Spirit of God is something like a violent, noisy rush of wind that barges into the house where it doesn’t belong...