Sermons tagged with ‘homily’

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Choosing GOD Means Looking Funny

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The Sort of Liberation Jesus Offers Comes with a Helping of Crazy Proper 5B / Mark 3:20−35 & 1 Samuel 8:4−20 We don’t have to commit ourselves to oppression and isolation and these things that destroy our spirit and drive away the Spirit from us. We can make GOD more important than our country and […]

Encountering the Love of GOD

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…in the Lifting Up and in the Groundwork Trinity Sunday B / John 3:1−17 Because that is what GOD does. GOD loves the world; GOD loves creation and the people and wants better for us. We remember that this is about GOD, and what GOD is doing. And GOD loves it all, not just some […]

When the Spirit Comes

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Seeing, Hearing, Feeling, and Testifying in Truth/Pentecost B/John 15:26−27 & 16:4−15 Spirit shows herself in the world and for some reason, we can’t see her; she speaks and for some reason we can’t hear her; she touches us and for some reason we can’t feel her. Not every time, not always, anyway. But she isn’t […]

Do

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Jesus’s Departing Prayer Incites a Different Kind of Revolution/Easter 7B/John 17:6−19 Jesus, talking about “the world” seems to be describing the desired action rather than describing the status quo: the culture or people. You sent me, I came, I taught, I send, may you protect them, I sanctified so that they could be sanctified. It […]

The Hard Message of a Simple Love

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To Love As Jesus Says and Does/Easter 6B/John 15:9−17 “I worry about our own love of violence and punishment. What we in our predominantly white community think when we see another young black man getting beaten up. It feels like this one young man was our scapegoat, the one we could all heap our punishment […]

Living in the Midst of Death

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Jesus’s Vine Image and the Challenge of Abiding in Him/Easter 5B/John 15:1−8 The abiding in Jesus, the being with and loving him, swimming in the Spirit: this is the work. It is how the plant remains healthy. It is what the vine grower looks for. It is the sign, the assurance that fruit will be […]

We Are Witnesses

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From the Tomb to Our Lives/Easter 3B/Luke 24:36−48 The resurrected Jesus doesn’t stay in the assurance; he doesn’t stay in the place of comfort. He takes them back to the time before, taking them to the memory of when he was alive. Taking them to the time in which he was alive and talking about […]