Jesus may be sneaking people into Heaven that the church is not ready to accept. Jesus may be sneaking Heaven into our world in ways we are not ready to accept.
How do we decide what situations need a variety of gifts and what situations require a unity of conviction? What is the minimum required for two people to serve a meal together at a soup kitchen? A sermon on Ephesians 4:1-16.
The following sermon was preached on July 21st 2013 at my local church. Here’s the audio (scripture introduction/scripture/sermon starts at 34:30, just fast-forward until you hear the nasal voice) and the text of the sermon is below. Scripture: Luke 6:6-11 Sermon This past week I was on a technology sabbath–a time of avoiding as much […]
I don’t believe in no-win churches or mission fields.“It’s the Kobayashi Maru. No one passes the test and no one goes back for thirds.” ~ Bones, Star Trek (2009) The following is the last sermon I gave to my local church before I was appointed to my new parish in July. I was an Associate […]
Upside-down reading of the ScriptureThe lectionary text for this week is Matthew 22:1-14 (CEB/NRSV), the Parable of the Wedding Banquet. The temptation is to do an allegorical reading, meaning that each character represents a real-life person. The king as God, the king’s son as Jesus, and the unworthy subjects who kill the king’s messengers as […]
On August 19th, 1991, Boris Yeltsin stood on top of a tank and defended demoracy against a socialist coup. He credited his inspiration to reading the stories of Lech Wałęsa. Lech Wałęsa helped play a key role in inspiring Poland towards democracy. He credited his inspiration to reading the stories of Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK boycotted the […]
I try to be sensitive to church-state issues, even when no one else has problems. I fretted for a while about a proper commencement scripture for my town’s High School Baccalaureate (yes, it’s a Christian-based service in my part of the world). For any others looking for Scriptures that are not expressly narrowly religious or […]
It’s not everyday that a mega-church talks about gay issues. Below the fold is my liveblog (well, offline-liveblog) that I wrote while watching Adam Hamilton preach on Homosexuality as part of his church’s When Christians Get It Wrong series. The series deals with a why young adults do not identify with Christianity, and to self-reflect […]
While clearly a joke at an atheist meeting, this video of a “de-baptism” moment actually made me chuckle…then stop and think. Did you watch the young girl? When the “de-baptism” via a hairdryer was over she raised up her hands and said “I can see!” The people laughed at her clever correlation between baptism and […]
[woman walks up to me in receiving line after Easter Sunday] Woman: Well, you preached a very funny sermon today. There were several parts that were quite humorous. Me: well, I’m glad people enjoyed it. What message did you take with you? Woman: Oh, I forgot my hearing aids. I knew it was funny because […]