Sermons tagged with ‘Love’

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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. […]

Love Grows Love

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Love Grows Love

The prologue to John (John 1:1-18) is the Christmas gospel. It reveals how shallow our view of Christmas is. That deep down, we must realize our love is more than practical and theological ideas about God and the nature of Jesus. It’s in every aspect of creation and our very humanity. The Incarnation of Jesus and the […]

Talentless

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Talentless

In the parable of the bridesmaids (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus gives a chilling picture of the kin-dom which is more “what not to do” than it is “how to be a Christian”.   Jesus isn’t interested in your talent – only your love. Proper 28A  |  Matthew 25:24-30 If I entrusted you with a key to […]

Blessed in the Dirt

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Blessed in the Dirt

In the Beatitudes, Jesus shows us what it truly means to be blessed, revealing the truth about the kin-dom. It isn’t about winning or getting in.   Being blessed by God means lifting up the lowest, not living like a king Saints A  | Matthew 5:1-12 Do you feel blessed? I don’t mean #blessed or […]

Love Against the Wind

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Love Against the Wind

Why we know to love, but not how or when. We often think of love as the antidote to chaos, but it isn’t so related to the chaos. The love Jesus calls us to is not from this world, but for it. Proper 25A  |  Matthew 22:34-46 This year, we gathered at the river for […]