Biblical Text: Matthew 4:1-11 Full Draft of Sermon We had a technical mishap, so I’ll re-record the sermon probably tomorrow.
Sermon Uploaded, although no hymn or biblical text preceding, so you might want to read the biblical text on the temptation of Christ.
I’m not sure there is a bigger divide between the . . . → Read More: What Temptation Tells Us About the Good Life
Biblical Text: Matthew 17:1-9 Full Sermon Draft
The text is the transfiguration which is described as a vision. But it is a vision that ends with a strange warning – “say nothing until the Son of Man is risen from the dead”. The full vision is that God is present both in the glory . . . → Read More: Seeing the Vision – Transfiguration Sunday
That title phrase is stolen from this Rod Dreher post. Rod likes to talk about the Benedict option, which refers to St. Benedict the founder of western monasticism. When he talks about the Benedict option or a new Benedict, which he took from Philosopher Alastair MacIntyre, he is not talking about physical retreat so much . . . → Read More: “The creation and sustenance of communities in which virtue can be practiced and taught”
Biblical Text: Luke 23:27-43 Full Draft of Sermon
The last Sunday of the Church year (today) is often called Christ the King Sunday. The appointed reading from Luke is the crucifixion. I usually dodge preaching directly on this text. For those who have been around Holy Week at St. Mark’s, Good Friday has been . . . → Read More: Christ the King whose Throne is the Cross
I usually try and write something at least every other day, but this week it just didn’t really make it to print.
Things tended to come as short intuitive blips, but of the sort that even investing 2000 words, you knew you could illustrate the point, but it wouldn’t make a difference.
For example, take . . . → Read More: Ruminations
Some of you might know, I have a minor hobby of writing book reviews on Amazon. Hobby is stretching it, because my filter for writing reviews is rather thick. The first filter is simply how many reviews have already been written and can I add anything. I’m pompous enough to think I can write a . . . → Read More: Book Review – Angry Conversations with God by Susan Issacs
Biblical Texts: Rev 14:6-7, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 Full Sermon Draft
Reformation Day to me is always a tough day to preach. For all my formative years and if any of the examples that I sampled this week are representative, the general approach to Reformation Day is full on Triumphalism and spiking of the . . . → Read More: Reformation Day – Hero or Human?
We have a natural tendency to mess things up. We can’t help it. Even when we think we are doing good we very likely are in the midst of mortal sin, or at least the next royal mess. Everything from bringing democracy to the middle east to expanding healthcare, from trying to comfort a . . . → Read More: John Calvin, Baseball Fan
.I’m only about 100 pages into it, but This is a Great Story. It is about the company and the coders behind WordPress. If you don’t know what WordPress is they might even take that as a compliment. Right now, something like 20% of the internet, including this website, functions on WordPress. The program or . . . → Read More: Two Great Business Metaphors for the Law and the Gospel