it’s not a very nice sermon

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Jeremiah 23:23-29, Psalm 82, Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49-56 | I remember in high school one day, walking down the hall to English class with my friend. There were about two minutes left in the passing period, and she kind of curiously asked me to explain real quick what Christianity is and what Christians believe. (My friend was Hindu.)...

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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...

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? ...