If what we hear in today’s gospel (Matthew 22:1-14) is really what the kingdom of heaven is like, then I’m not interested.
Who needs God’s kingdom – at least as Jesus describes it today – when we already have more than enough leaders throughout the world who are abusing their power, when violence is perpetrated on a daily basis, when people’s lives are being destroyed, when cities are burning, when some are excluded and told they don’t belong? We don’t need God’s help to bring that about, we’re pretty good at it by ourselves. Continue reading There’s Got To Be More Than This – A Sermon On Matthew 22:1-14
The collect and reading for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 14B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 6:35, 41-51. It was supposed to be another feeding, or so they thought. That’s why everyone showed up in today’s gospel. Instead of more bread they got Jesus and conflict. The two often go together. It seems that when we run into … Continue reading Holy Bread for Holy Hunger – A Sermon on John 6:35, 41-51; Proper 14B
I am generally wary of people who seem too certain in their faith. Some might say I am equivocal or unwilling to make a commitment. Others might say I have fallen into relativism and that if I had more faith I would be certain. Or maybe it is jealousy; certainty has never really been my experience. My faith has been more a journey of questions, … Continue reading Certain or Faithful?