Lectionary 29 (21st Sunday after Pentecost), Year C2 Timothy 3:14:-4:5Sunday, October 17, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen. In our second reading today we read excerpts of a letter from Paul to the younger Timothy, a co-worker with Paul in proclaimingContinue reading “Certain Promise, Certain Hope for Uncertain Times”
Lectionary 27 (19th Sunday after Pentecost), Year CPsalm 37:1-9; Luke 17:5-10Sunday, October 3, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen. “Increase our faith!” the apostles begged Jesus.Increase our faith.How many times have we, in our lives, wanted stronger faith?Faith to believe in God’sContinue reading “Walking the Pathway of Faith, Looking for What God Will Do”
Lectionary 25 (17th Sunday after Pentecost)Luke 16:1-13Sunday, September 19, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen. This past Wednesday evening Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop who is respected even by fans like me, who otherwise harbor an unnatural andContinue reading “Being Shrewd Like the World for the Sake of the Gospel”
“Ground Zero Mosque” opponents either exaggerate the implications of the mosque, or call on mosque leaders to be sensitive. In this sermon, I used these two hermeneutics – sensitivity and exaggeration – to examine the synagogue leader of Luke 13:10-17.
The half empty glass of pessimism that is raised by the writer of Ecclesiastes
is met by the half-full chalice of life-giving blood that is offered to us by our Lord
during the prelude to his execution.
Two cups shared, filled with tension and realism,
given to us to drink;
one an antidote to the faux optimism that too often masquerades as spirituality;
the other a drink that flows from death and quenches the thirst of life.