Overwhelming Justice

Sunday closest to November 9 Amos 5:18-24, Psalm 70, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 It is a terrifying thing to be surrounded by enemies on every side. It is as though a gun is perpetually held to your head, threatening to go off with even the slightest misstep. The people of God at the time… Continue reading Overwhelming Justice

Who Ate Sour Grapes?

Sunday closest to September 28 Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32, Psalm 25:1-8, Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:23-32 The Fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children's teeth are set on edge. Generations of corruption, beginning with kings who worshipped idols and seeping through the cracks of society to erode even the most intimate of relationships. Priests doing double duty,… Continue reading Who Ate Sour Grapes?

To Bind and Loose

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 51:1-6, Psalm 138, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 What does it mean to be saved? Sometimes it is imagined that salvation is a ticket to escape our own physical deaths. Maybe the timeline is brought a little closer and salvation means being delivered from some very present distress or pain -… Continue reading To Bind and Loose

Unprecedented

Second Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 19:2-8a, Psalm 100, Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35-10:8(9-23) When I was a teenager, which I promise you was actually quite some time ago, despite my apparently genetic inability to grow a beard, I went on youth camp. Now if you have never experienced this unique experience of Youth Ministry in the… Continue reading Unprecedented