a sermon on kings and demons and strong men (oh my)

The texts this week are full of religious and political scandal. After generations of God’s leadership as the people’s highest authority, in today’s reading the people of Israel want a human king. Recent leadership has been corrupt, neighboring kingdoms are gaining power, and economic interests are at stake...

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a sermon at a time and place

Second Sunday after Epiphany | Texts: Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 | “Listen to me, O coastlands; pay attention, you peoples from far away!” The first reading we hear today from the prophet Isaiah is spoken not in the voice of God, but in the voice of the Servant, a character that is featured several times in Isaiah’s writings...