Biblical Text: Galatians 1:1-12 Full Sermon Draft
This week was the 2nd week after Pentecost otherwise known as the first week of ordinary time or the first of many Sundays with green altar cloths. The lectionary during these times is something called a lectio continua or a continuous reading of two books. The gospel . . . → Read More: The Apostle & The Gospel (or the false Gospel of ‘Christ and’)
Biblical Text: John 8:48-59, Athanasian Creed Full Draft of Sermon
I believe that Trinity Sunday, at least as we normally observe it, is the most offensive Sunday of the Church year. Let me explain that statement. The Sunday School answer – Jesus – is what we proclaim most Sundays. Scratching under that simple statement . . . → Read More: A Specific God with A Specific Grace – Trinity Sunday
Biblical Text: John 17:20-26 Full Sermon Draft
…But Jesus prayer for unity continues and we might say gets tougher in verses 22 and 23. The basis of the unity in these verses is the glory. The glory that you have given me, I have given to them…that they may be one.
Now we’d love . . . → Read More: The Terms of Unity
Melanchthon, quoting Erasmus, at Luther’s funeral – God has sent in this latter age a violent physician on account of the magnitude of the existing disorders…
So many of the conversations that I have seem to center around “the magnitude of the existing disorders”. Many people realize “that ain’t right”. But there is an unwillingness, . . . → Read More: Public Morals and The People We Are
Digital:Analog::Acute:Chronic (Digital is to analog as acute is to Chronic). If you get that analogy, you probably can already guess where I am going. If you don’t, I’m not sure what will follow will help. But, I like the sound of my own voice, and I’m trying to understand it myself, so here goes. Digital . . . → Read More: Analog and Chronic
Biblical Text: John 16:12-22, Acts 11:1-18 Full Sermon Draft
We had a little malfunction with our audio equipment this week, so the recording portion of the sermon is a recreated reading. The hymn and lessons of the day are from Sunday. It is interesting, just one of those coincidences, that the sound system chose . . . → Read More: When you can bear it…(The work and means of the Spirit)
Are our testimonies honoring to the whole landscape of the Christian journey? Not if they only speak of the “how-shocking-was-my-sin-before-I-met-the-Lord” story. (As though the sin I commit today is less shocking!). Not if they only share the safe feelings, rehearsed responses, and good “decisions” for which we give ourselves unearned credit.
This word—conversion—is simply . . . → Read More: I was called, gathered, enlightened (and sanctified) by…?
Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. – Romans 1:32
When the pro-choice group, RH Reality Check hosted a conference call today… I asked the call participants, “What is the distinction between . . . → Read More: A Simple Sentence
Our sanctuary, while absolutely gorgeous, sits packed about 120 people. I count my blessings there in many ways. One of them rolls around every wedding season. 120 packed is just not enough for the true bridezillas. As a result the weddings I do tend to be of a less assuming sort. Last week was a . . . → Read More: Love is…
In our Thursday morning Bible Study for a while at least we are going to be looking at the non-gospel readings for the following Sunday. For the season after Easter that means instead of an old testament lesson we have a reading from Acts, and the epistle lesson comes from Revelation. This week is the . . . → Read More: Individualism and The Church