Sermons tagged with ‘discipleship’

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What God Intends

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What God Intends

In Mark 7, Jesus responds to a challenge over rule-breaking by exposing their hypocrisy. Is this just a takedown, or is he saying something else? The challenge of following Jesus isn’t doing or believing. It’s both. Proper 17B  | Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 We have to go back nearly two months. Back in June, we […]

Jesus is not Superman

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Jesus is not Superman

The lectionary cuts up the story in Mark 6:30-34, 53-56, resting on the image of Jesus as a super shepherd. But Jesus isn’t offering comfort only. Mark’s gospel and its conviction to follow, not worship. Proper 11B | Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 We gathered in an antiphonal circle in the chapel to read the first part […]

Praying in the Dark

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Praying in the Dark

In Nicodemus, we find a stand-in for us. He’s confused, frightened, and showing up at the wrong time. And yet he’s responding to an invitation when he least expects it to do something amazing. How our searching in the dark helps bring the light to us. Lent 4B  | John 3:14-21 You’ve probably heard the […]

The Art of Love

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The Art of Love

In overturning the tables in the temple and reimagining Sabbath law, Jesus invites us into a new relationship to our work. Not as adherents and citizens, but as artists and co-creators. Jesus invites us to be artists collaborating in a global masterpiece Lent 3B  | John 2:13-22 This church may have a lot of doors […]

Love Poets

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Like poets, Jesus invites his followers to observe in our world those places where God breaks through so that we might revel in that joy. discovering Jesus in the world and sharing his love Proper 12A | Matthew 13:31-33,44-52 The work of the poet is discovery. After ruthless editing of course. Discovery. It begins first […]

To Not Be Righteous

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To Not Be Righteous

As followers of Jesus, we are called into discipleship. But that doesn’t mean being more righteous than our neighbors but merely generous. Hospitality in an age of hostility Proper 8A  |  Matthew 10:40-42 This short gospel reading doesn’t seem like much. But if you’ve been following along the last few weeks, then you know it […]

A ‘Kum Bah Ya’ Moment

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A Kum Bah Ya Moment

In Matthew 10:24-39, we find the downside of discipleship, the hard stuff which would drive us away from it. If we didn’t know what’s at stake. from discipleship to civil rights to now Proper 7A  |  Matthew 10:24-39 There are certain times preachers don’t want to take on the gospel. Often because it’s hard to […]

Discipleship Reimagined

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Discipleship Reimagined

When we take the Great Commission as our marching orders, we often make the same mistakes about Jesus the first disciples made. A journey through life in active relationship First Sunday after Pentecost  |  Matthew 28:16-20 These are the last words in the gospel of Matthew. Words which are often referred to as “the Great […]

With the Communion of Saints

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With the Communion of Saints

In the ascension, Jesus leaves the followers with the vision, mercy, and love to do the work they were already doing, always called to do. The Power and weakness of God is in us, in our love and work Easter 7A  |  Acts 1:6-14, John 17:1-11 The book of Acts begins with an end. It […]

Sharing Love

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Sharing Love

In Acts, the followers of Jesus show us what it looks like to follow Jesus. But are we up to accepting the challenge for ourselves? The challenge of trusting God in the 21st Century Easter 4A  |  Acts 2:42-47 You’ve probably heard the story before. It’s told several ways, but often goes something like this. […]