a sermon on justification

Third Sunday in Lent | Texts: Exodus 17:1-7, Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42 | All week I’ve had a song stuck in my head - a song appropriate for a week spent preparing a sermon on the doctrine of justification. The English translation of the lyrics is something like: God is the one who restores you. God never pushes you away. The Lord comes out to meet you, comes out to meet you...

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a sermon on failure

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Jeremiah 14:7-10,19-22, Psalm 84:1-7, 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18, Luke 18:9-14 | I’m guessing that most of us can imagine someone like this pompous leader. Whether it’s someone you know personally, or someone whose Facebook posts get you all riled up, or someone you see on the news, this behavior is very familiar...