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.” ...

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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...