Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. Grace is not fair. Grace. Is not. Fair. When do we first learn of fairness? As children, fairness is not rooted in equality, or in equity, or in justice. Fairness … Continue reading
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I want to give you a word that will make it all better. I want to preach for you the sermon that will bring new life to this church, bring new hope and new possibilities. But I find myself too much like Ezekiel.
God asks, “Hey preacher, can these dry bones live?”
And I have to answer, “Lord, I have no clue. But you know.” Continue reading
Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. Jesus will found his church upon this rock, a pun on the name he has given Peter. And the keys to the kingdom of heaven will be given to Peter, … Continue reading
Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. We know this story, don’t we? The son who asks for all of his inheritance up front, a third of what his father has (since he’s the second son, the … Continue reading
Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. My preaching professor in seminary told us he never, ever wanted to hear another sermon that begins with “how I came to write this sermon.” Well, he’s not here today. … Continue reading
Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. What does Jesus do when he sees a hungering crowd? He feeds them. Do you notice he does not feed the leper, he does not clothe the thirsty, he does … Continue reading
Do not store up treasures on earth, where moth, or rust, or thief, or
fire can steal them. Where your heart in, there your treasure will be
I believe this has a lot to do with what we mean when we say Enjoy
This Life. It has to do with what we treasure, with whom we treasure.
And it has to do with what we worry about. Continue reading
I believe that love is a verb – an action word. Therefore our actions need to reveal our love for one another. And that means for everyone. No one can be excluded. We are to love ALL our neighbors, including but not limited to our friends, family, perfect strangers, aliens and refugees, those different from us, the seemingly unlovable and, yes, even our adversaries. And all it takes are simple acts of kindness, giving freely of ourselves, especially for the “least of these”. Continue reading