a sermon under construction

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a, Psalm 89:20-37, Ephesians 2:11-22, Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 | This summer, we have been following the holy scandals and outrageous stories that happen with God and God’s people. We’ve spent time in the gospel of Mark, where Jesus is traveling around the region, breaking religious rules and teaching in parables, calming the sea and healing a stigmatized woman. His work is so radical that the people in Jesus’s hometown reject him. Scandalous...

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a sermon on the eyes of faith

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49-56 | “Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” Jesus calls the crowds out for their inability to perceive what is happening right in front of them. Can’t you see the sin and oppression that we live in? Do you not notice the forces of Empire that are keeping us from true justice and peace? Why don’t you understand the kingdom movement that God is calling us to join? Where are your eyes of faith? ...