Lectionary 7 (Seventh Sunday after Epiphany)Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Matthew 5:38-48Sunday, February 20, 2011 Lectionary 7 Year A 2011 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen. Last week’s Confirmation Class began with a thud. I told the class, “Alright, open up your Bibles to theContinue reading “Loving our enemies – and our youth – for the sake of the Gospel”
Third Sunday of AdventIsaiah 35:1-10; Matthew 11:2-11Sunday, December 12, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen. Steve Martin, the noted actor, comedian, and writer, is a funny guy.Find videos of his performances on YouTube, and you’ll be laughing for hours, often atContinue reading “It Doesn’t Matter What You Came Here To See”
Reformation DayJeremiah 31:31-34; John 8:31-36October 31, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen. The Israelites just had suffered a whopping at the hands of the Babylonians, the Temple was looted, desecrated, and destroyed, a weak, figurehead monarch was set up in Israel, andContinue reading “It Gets Better”
I just read Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's opinion regarding the constitutionality of religious displays on public ground during the holidays, including displays of Jesus (pdf document of opinion; Washington Post blogpost on the matter). The sad thing is this: displays of Jesus are allowed on public ground so long as such displays are "notContinue reading “Knick-Knack Jesus OK in VA”
“Ground Zero Mosque” opponents either exaggerate the implications of the mosque, or call on mosque leaders to be sensitive. In this sermon, I used these two hermeneutics – sensitivity and exaggeration – to examine the synagogue leader of Luke 13:10-17.