Epiphany 7A, Sermon on the Mount, Gandhi, Matthew 5:38-48, Nonviolence, Social Justice, Sedition

The Sedition of Christ – A Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48

Christ’s gospel is seditious. Do not resist an evildoer. Turn the other cheek. Give your cloak. Go the second mile. Give to those who beg. Don’t refuse a borrower. Love your enemy. Pray for those who persecute you. Those kind of things are not taught, valued, encouraged, or rewarded by most of the world. If enacted they would shatter the status quo and bring business as usual to a halt. And that’s the point.

Life, Death, Sirach 15:15-20, Matthew 5:21-37, Sermon on the Mount, Epiphany 6A. Choices

The Choice is Yours – A Sermon on Sirach 15:15-20 and Matthew 5:21-37

Have you ever gotten exactly what you chose only to realize it was not what you really wanted? Have you ever made a choice that you knew was the right choice, a good choice, but it left you feeling empty, as if something was missing? Despite getting what you wanted, what you chose, your life was not enriched, made full and vibrant they way you thought it would be. Instead it felt diminished and impoverished.

Advent, Preaching, Sermon, Gospel According to Matthew, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 3:1-12, Matthew 11:2-11, Matthew 24:36-44

Advent Preaching in Year A, The Gospel According to Matthew

Below are links to my previous sermons for Advent, Year A, the gospel according to St. Matthew: Advent 1A, Matthew 24:36-44 + 2016: Advent in America: Politics and Baptism. Advent 2A, Matthew 3:1-12 + 2016, Beauty, Hope, and Repentance.  + 2013, Too Content to Repent? + 2010, Who Cares? Advent 3A, Matthew 2:11-21 + 2013, Expectations, Prisons, and Jailbreaks.…