[Sermon Preached on Sunday, March 25, 20178 (Sunday of the Passion) at Saint Paul's Church on Lake of Isles - Minneapolis, Minnesota] [You can listen to this sermon as well as some additional thoughts by checking our the latest episode of the Word Made FRESH Podcast]. Holy Week begins with protest. I am not simply … Continue reading Sermon: Holy Week Begins in Protest
The seeds we plant today might wind up being the trees under which our children will play on day, but if we plant nothing, we can rest assured that nothing will grow.
That is the judgment: that God sees us just as we are; but, here is the grace: God loves us anyway.
we must upset all the rules by doing what Jesus actually commands us to do: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” This is not a license to be mistreated. God doesn’t need doormats any more than God needs weapons.
Christianity, the religion and faith system that seeks to live the reality of the Risen Christ, has a long history of being confused for, or used to sanction or legitimize, political power. This has always presented Christianity with a dramatic tension between the humble messiah lacking temporal power and the proud, violent empires who have … Continue reading It’s time to tell the truth. Guns are blasphemous and the Cross is ridiculous.
Except that grace can neither be constructed nor contained. We can till the ground around it, water it, ensure it has plenty of sunshine and fertilizer, but ultimately grace is a gift.
Following this new teacher, this messiah, this Christ, is as simple as this – being reached by Christ to reach out our hands in loving service to those around us.
Hope says that "yes, I have much to be afraid of, but I have so much more to believe in."
[Sermon preached on Sunday, January 21, 2018 (Epiphany 3, Year B) at Saint Paul's Church on Lake of the Isles - Minneapolis, Minnesota] For the present form of this world is passing away. 1 Corinthians 7:31b (NRSV) When was the last time you were confronted by the truth of the Gospel in a way that … Continue reading Sermon: The Transformative Power of the Moral Imagination
Allow those words to marinate in your spirit. The President of the United States of America spoke them about people whom God calls beloved and land that God calls good.