Sermons tagged with ‘Love’

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More than a birth story

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More than a birth story

Christmas isn’t merely about the birth of a baby. The baby is the revolution. And the very spirit of Christmas is a constant reminder that we are too. The baby is the revolution. Christmas Eve  |  Luke 2:1-20 When planet Krypton is exploding, Jor-El and Lara put their baby in a spaceship and send him […]

tearing down temples

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tearing down temples

In Mark’s Little Apocalypse, Jesus invites us to see what we’d rather avoid: not only the finitude of existence but the challenge of a life of trusting God. How our temples deny our trust Proper 28B  |  Mark 13:1-8 I don’t envy the disciples. Here they are, marveling the enormity of the Temple, looking at the […]

It’s not really about divorce

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not really about divorce

When Jesus is asked about divorce in Mark 10:2-16, we act like he’s given us an answer. What he’s given us is a whole new question. Again Jesus pushes us to see the forest, not the trees. Proper 22B  |  Mark 10:2-16 Let me say at the top that Jesus doesn’t condemn divorce. Let’s first […]

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 […]