a sermon despite my best intentions

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67, Romans 7:15-25a, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 | Jesus sets a vivid scene in his address to the crowds. In the gathering place, the marketplace, the city center, children typically run and play, acting out their versions of adult life...

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a sermon on rules and loopholes

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany | Texts: Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37 | In last week’s gospel, we heard Jesus tell the disciples, “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.” The reading ended with this difficult sentence: “I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” ...