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Drawing Circles

Once again, Jesus finds himself in a predicament. In our gospel lesson, the Pharisees have laws, passed down over time - Sabbath laws intended to bring peace, rest, and restoration to the people. But they are holding so tight to these laws, that they are destroying community and allowing injuries to continue rather than healing. So one Sabbath, Jesus looks down at a wounded man with a withered hand and challenges the good religious leaders asking, "Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save life or to kill?" Beloveds, 14 years ago, you took Jesus’ question seriously. You spent a year listening to Scripture, prayer, and to each other. You sought out God’s heart. Then, honestly recognizing the emotional, spiritual, and sometimes even physical killing happening to our LGBTQ siblings, you faithfully, boldly, and loudly proclaimed we are here to save life, to do good, and to fight against the harm being done in our denomination. You became a Reconciling Congregation and have lived out this love for all in countless ways since then. I share just a few of them in this sermon as a part of our Reconciling Sunday Celebration. But, of course, human brokenness does not end, and especially now, our reconciling work continues in our denomination and our world. So, we find ourselves at a cross road. In addition to the gospel text, read the passage from Acts 15. Consider how/why the church leadership opens their hearts to the work of the Spirit among the Gentiles and releases their old certainties. Contrast the oppressive silence of the Pharisees in Mark and the expansive silence of the leaders in the Acts passage. Then consider how you are listening to God in this time of great change and come ready to hear from the One who loves us most, our God and Savior. Come ready to listen, celebrate, and be reconciled afresh as God speaks and heals on the Sabbath just as Jesus did to the man with the withered hand 2000 years ago.

29 MIN3 weeks ago
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Drawing Circles

Father ______________ Had Many Kids!

Well, it’s Fathers’ Day weekend! If we are honest, this day probably strikes us all a little differently. For some of us this will be very meaningful; for others of us, we’re ambivalent about it; for some of us it is a painful day. No matter how we feel about the day, what does fatherhood mean to us? What are our thoughts about our father figures? What authority do we give them, and how do we grant them that power? What does childhood mean, and what does it look like? Even with these questions, I’m sure our answers will be quite diverse. So, listen to this sermon to spend some time thinking of fatherhood and childhood in relation to what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:11-17 and what Jesus says in Matthew 18:1-5.

20 MINJUN 16
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Father ______________ Had Many Kids!

The Spirit of Adoption

Pentecost, the Christian holiday we celebrate with this sermon, is perhaps my favorite celebration. Christmas means Christ came for you and me. Easter means he rose giving you and me new life. But Pentecost is the holiday reminding us that life and faith are not about “you and me” as individuals. On Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21), the Spirit poured out over all gathered in Jerusalem and, against all odds, connected people from various walks of life, speaking different tongues and, undoubtedly, possessing different understandings of God and helped them communicate with one another for the benefit of our world. Some consider Pentecost the reversal of Babel. For Pentecost is about power, but not the power of individuals or an elite group focused on accomplishing something for themselves. Rather it is the power of adoption, the wind that brings people from all walks of like and ways of faith into one working family. So in this sermon, we study the confusing story of the Tower of Babel (Genes...

23 MINJUN 9
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The Spirit of Adoption

Latest Episodes

Drawing Circles

Once again, Jesus finds himself in a predicament. In our gospel lesson, the Pharisees have laws, passed down over time - Sabbath laws intended to bring peace, rest, and restoration to the people. But they are holding so tight to these laws, that they are destroying community and allowing injuries to continue rather than healing. So one Sabbath, Jesus looks down at a wounded man with a withered hand and challenges the good religious leaders asking, "Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save life or to kill?" Beloveds, 14 years ago, you took Jesus’ question seriously. You spent a year listening to Scripture, prayer, and to each other. You sought out God’s heart. Then, honestly recognizing the emotional, spiritual, and sometimes even physical killing happening to our LGBTQ siblings, you faithfully, boldly, and loudly proclaimed we are here to save life, to do good, and to fight against the harm being done in our denomination. You became a Reconciling Congregation and have lived out this love for all in countless ways since then. I share just a few of them in this sermon as a part of our Reconciling Sunday Celebration. But, of course, human brokenness does not end, and especially now, our reconciling work continues in our denomination and our world. So, we find ourselves at a cross road. In addition to the gospel text, read the passage from Acts 15. Consider how/why the church leadership opens their hearts to the work of the Spirit among the Gentiles and releases their old certainties. Contrast the oppressive silence of the Pharisees in Mark and the expansive silence of the leaders in the Acts passage. Then consider how you are listening to God in this time of great change and come ready to hear from the One who loves us most, our God and Savior. Come ready to listen, celebrate, and be reconciled afresh as God speaks and heals on the Sabbath just as Jesus did to the man with the withered hand 2000 years ago.

29 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Drawing Circles

Father ______________ Had Many Kids!

Well, it’s Fathers’ Day weekend! If we are honest, this day probably strikes us all a little differently. For some of us this will be very meaningful; for others of us, we’re ambivalent about it; for some of us it is a painful day. No matter how we feel about the day, what does fatherhood mean to us? What are our thoughts about our father figures? What authority do we give them, and how do we grant them that power? What does childhood mean, and what does it look like? Even with these questions, I’m sure our answers will be quite diverse. So, listen to this sermon to spend some time thinking of fatherhood and childhood in relation to what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:11-17 and what Jesus says in Matthew 18:1-5.

20 MINJUN 16
Comments
Father ______________ Had Many Kids!

The Spirit of Adoption

Pentecost, the Christian holiday we celebrate with this sermon, is perhaps my favorite celebration. Christmas means Christ came for you and me. Easter means he rose giving you and me new life. But Pentecost is the holiday reminding us that life and faith are not about “you and me” as individuals. On Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21), the Spirit poured out over all gathered in Jerusalem and, against all odds, connected people from various walks of life, speaking different tongues and, undoubtedly, possessing different understandings of God and helped them communicate with one another for the benefit of our world. Some consider Pentecost the reversal of Babel. For Pentecost is about power, but not the power of individuals or an elite group focused on accomplishing something for themselves. Rather it is the power of adoption, the wind that brings people from all walks of like and ways of faith into one working family. So in this sermon, we study the confusing story of the Tower of Babel (Genes...

23 MINJUN 9
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The Spirit of Adoption

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