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.
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.
[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
We are called to be luminarias of life, hallmarks of the holy, sign-posts of salvation, beacons of blessedness for a world of weary travelers in desperate search of a place to lay their heavy burdens down
In Christ we are brought back home. Peace and reconciliation are possible across even the widest of chasms.
The Church is where this sanctifying community happens on purpose.
Any conversation about grace that does not also engage the subject of sin is a one-sided conversation. It is to go on a journey and to be told of the glorious ultimate destination, but to be left with no way of getting there.
The life of prayer isn’t a suggestion or a recommendation – it is part and parcel to what it means to follow the way of Jesus.