a sermon on life and death

Third Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Genesis 21:8-21, Romans 6:1b-11, Matthew 10:24-39 | Today we’re dealing with matters of life and death. Jesus warns the disciples, “Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” ...

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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.” ...