a pentecost sermon on fire, wind, and power

Day of Pentecost | Texts: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Acts 2:1-21, John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 | The Holy Spirit is fire, and wind, and power. The Spirit of God is something like a violent, noisy rush of wind that barges into the house where it doesn’t belong...

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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.” ...