February 16, 2020

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A, RCL

1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37

Most preachers who are bound to the lectionary have a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. We appreciate the large swath of the bible readings that we engage with each year. We enjoy that w...

January 27, 2019

Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C, RCL

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21

Nehemiah stands in front of all the people, their eyes and ears are transfixed upon the Word of God. After the reading and with some explanation, they...

August 20, 2017

Sunday, August 20,  Proper 15, Year A RCL Track 1
Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

Paul says that all of

us are imprisoned in disobedience. Why have we been

imprisoned this way? So that we can be merciful to all! We are to offer grace a...

Proper 11, Year A, RCL, Track 1, Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23,Romans 8:12-25,Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

Have you ever noticed that some weeds look almost exactly like the plant you are trying to grow? As a kid I planted corn. And as it started to sprout there seemed to be more pl...

October 30, 2016

Proper 26, Year C, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Luke 19:1-10

Reconciliation is difficult. It often means we have to look beyond ourselves at the greater good. Our wounds have to healed enough even though they may still sting or have scabs. Miroslav Volf, one of the speakers a...

September 18, 2016

Proper 20, Year C, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13

In today’s parable, Jesus makes a distinction between “children of this age” and “children of light.” This distinction highlights our struggles of living in the world but not being of the world. As Christians we cannot se...

August 28, 2016

Proper 17, Year C,

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14

What does mutual love mean? The author of Hebrews tells us how to live in Christian community. He gives us a series of what seem to be somewhat disjointed thoughts. First, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to st...

August 14, 2016

Proper 15, Year C, Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49-56           

Over the last few months we have been talking about a peaceful Jesus. Today we hear of fire and division. Jesus said, “I came to bring fire to the earth and how...

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