Sermons tagged with ‘Love’

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out of regard for his oaths and for the guests

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out of regard for his oaths and for the guests

In Mark 6:14-29, the famous death of John the Baptist, we get a scene so absurd we might miss what’s right in front of us. When Herod went to see a therapist to justify killing John Proper 10B  |  Mark 6:14-29 If he had had Charles Dickens to draw on, Herod might’ve described this as […]

They Take Offense

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They Take Offense

When Jesus goes home, he’s surprised by how he’s treated. How they’ve judged him without really knowing him. This is our contrast for what it means to love. They take offense and we move on from there. Proper 9B  |  Mark 6:1-13 When we moved down to Georgia some years ago, we knew fitting in […]

Making Home

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Making Home

Jesus’s return home in Mark reminds me of the movie musical, The Greatest Showman. God’s dream is made, not by or for the powerful, but by the misfits for all of us. And for it to work, we must all have a part to play. Jesus and “The Greatest Showman” Proper 5B  |  Mark 3:20-35 […]

Love – of One and Three

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Love - of One and Three

Dealing with love isn’t just for weddings: it gets to the very nature of God. From the Presiding Bishop’s sermon at the royal wedding last week to the Pentecost itself, we’re finding the very nature of God isn’t out there and other, but right here among, in, the very binding of us together. What actually […]

Abide the Rules?

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Abide the Rules?

Jesus has a pretty conflicting relationship to the rules. And for many Christians, you’d think Jesus gave us a mountain of rules to follow. But really there is just one really vague rule and he constantly urges us to look past the rest to see it. Rule-breaking and rule-making in the love of Jesus Easter […]

A Baptism in the Wilderness

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A Baptism in the Wilderness

In Philip’s baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch, we see our own invitation to embody God’s love, share in the redeeming of the world, and the offering of hope in the middle of nowhere. If we recognize the invitation for what it is: our everything. an invitation to embody God’s love Easter 5B  | Acts 8:26-40, […]

Parents and Children

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Parents and Children

Jesus speaks about something much deeper than shepherds and sheep — he embodies the very sacrificial love of God to show us how it’s done. the good parent stands up for all children Easter 4B  |  Acts 4:5-12, John 10:11-18 Parents and children. That’s what we’re going to talk about this morning. But as we […]

The Tale of Two Easters

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The Tale of Two Easters

In our readings from Acts and John, we get two very different stories of the apostles responding to the risen Christ. But they both actually point to the same teaching. Luke and John reveal a false choice Easter 2B  | Acts 4:32-35, John 20:19-31 In Holy Week, we traced the last week of Jesus with […]

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 […]

Baptized in Love

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Baptized in Love

The Baptism of Jesus is often treated like the necessary means of getting Jesus into the right space with the cosmos: that if he doesn’t get dunked, he’s stuck. Or else we treat it like the perfunctory reason behind our religious rite. But baptism is way more than that. It’s the start of something awesome. […]