an ordinary hometown sermon

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10, Psalm 48, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, Mark 6:1-13 | Today is the day that Jesus brings his new friends home to meet his parents. I imagine that the people who gather around to hear Jesus teach that day are his neighbors and family friends, the kids he played with growing up, or the elders who taught him to be nice to his friends...

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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...