Sermons tagged with ‘parable’

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Getting In (Proper 27A)

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Getting In - a homily for Proper 27A

In the parable of the bridesmaids, Jesus gives us, not instructions on how to get into heaven, but an example of how not to. Jesus isn’t nearly as focused on our getting into heaven as we are Proper 27A  |  Matthew 25:1-13 It was about this time 4 years ago when my friend Bruce died. […]

The Parable of the Sharp Dressed Man

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in Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus tells a weird parable about wedding banquet and a murderous king. How could this possibly reveal God to us? Jesus and the really weird wedding Proper 23A  |  Matthew 22:1-14 Remind me not to let Jesus be in charge of the guest list for any future weddings. That guy will let […]

In the Kingdom of Earth

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In the Kingdom of Earth, selfishness rules and violence is justified. How far such things are from what Jesus offers: a kin-dom of heaven. Selfish, violent, brutal, alone: hallmarks of the Kingdom of Earth Proper 22A | Matthew 21:33-46 Several years ago, Rose and I took a trip to northwestern Michigan. We stayed in a […]

Too Heavy

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Too Heavy

If the debt doesn’t kill you… then the weight of expectations just might. Here’s what Jesus has to say about such a death. mercy and the spirit-crushing weight of debt Proper 19A  | Matthew 18:21-35 So now this morning, we start with Peter’s response to this teaching. Remember, the teaching was very specific in methodology. […]

Revealed

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Revealed - How God is revealed in new ways when we least expect it

In Matthew’s parables, we are offered different visions of God’s dream for humanity, but we struggle to hear what Jesus is revealing. How God is revealed in new ways when we least expect it. Proper 11A  |  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 The first time I knew that God was real, I was in seminary. While some […]

Persistent in Justice, Love

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Persistent in Justice, Love

Jesus could’ve used any old story. But he chose a widow and matched her up against a judge. A David vs. Goliath. A student against a tank. A tribe against an oil company. How the cries of the oppressed aren’t ignored by God. Proper 24C |Luke 18:1-18 She got a ticket for driving through a […]