The Kingdom of God is like Two Target Gift Cards

Lectionary 17 (9th Sunday after Pentecost)Genesis 18:20-32; Luke 11:1-13Sunday, July 25, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come.  Amen. I was out shopping with my girls the other night.  They each received for their birthdays a great gift, one they couldn’t quite quantify –Continue reading “The Kingdom of God is like Two Target Gift Cards”

The Blessed and Holy Task of Being God’s People (Lectionary 14, Year C)

Lectionary 14 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)Luke 10:1-11, 16-20July 4th, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come.  Amen. I went back home to Philadelphia last week for five days with my kids.I went to a baseball game to see my beloved Phillies play – theyContinue reading “The Blessed and Holy Task of Being God’s People (Lectionary 14, Year C)”

Speaking Words of Life to Hatred and Death (Lectionary 10, Year C)

Lectionary 10 (2nd Sunday after Pentecost)1 Kings 17:17–24, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17June 6, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come.  Amen. On Wednesday I came home to a most unsettling flier left in my door –     an anti-immigrant rant from a group calledContinue reading “Speaking Words of Life to Hatred and Death (Lectionary 10, Year C)”

We’re just a bunch of phonies trying to throw Jesus off a cliff (Lectionary 4, Year C)

Fourth Sunday after the EpiphanyLuke 4:21-30January 31, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, and who was, and who is to come.  Amen. One you get a few paragraphs deep into The Catcher in the Rye,    the classic 1951 novel by J.D. Salinger, who died this past week.    it becomes painfullyContinue reading “We’re just a bunch of phonies trying to throw Jesus off a cliff (Lectionary 4, Year C)”

Jesus is Lord. Disunity, Sin, and Death are Not. (Lectionary 2, Year C)

Second Sunday of Epiphany/Lectionary 21 Corinthians 12:1-11January 17, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, and who was, and who is to come.  Amen. The early Christian church at Corinth was a divided church,    a community of faith that had a hard time getting along.There were quarrels among the faithful,    Continue reading “Jesus is Lord. Disunity, Sin, and Death are Not. (Lectionary 2, Year C)”