Genesis 29:15-28, Matthew 13:31-33 44-52, Proper 12A, Parable, Kingdom of Heaven, Jacob, Rachel, Leah, Expectations, What You See Is What you Get

Dealing With The Unknown, Unchosen, or Unwanted – A Sermon on Genesis 29:15-28 and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

The problem is that life doesn’t always work that way. Nor is that, Jesus says, how the kingdom of heaven works. Sometimes real life, kingdom life, is like a net dragged through the sea. It pulls up both the good and the bad. Other times it is like a field that you see day after day. It’s always there. Not much changes. It’s just an ordinary field like any other field except that it is not. Deep within that ordinary dirt is unseen treasure waiting to be discovered. Continue reading Dealing With The Unknown, Unchosen, or Unwanted – A Sermon on Genesis 29:15-28 and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Expectations, Baggage, and God

Remember packing for the last trip you took? Suitcases, backpacks, bags. Sometimes packing can be the most stressful part of the journey. What did you take? What did you leave behind? Why did you take what you did? Most of us, I suspect, pack for our trips based on our expectations of where we are going, how long we will be gone, what we will … Continue reading Expectations, Baggage, and God

Waking Up With Leah – A Sermon for Proper 12A: Genesis 29:15-28; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

The collect and readings for today, the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12A, may be found here. The following sermon is based on Genesis 29:15-28 and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. Genesis 29:15-28 Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was … Continue reading Waking Up With Leah – A Sermon for Proper 12A: Genesis 29:15-28; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Expectations, Prison, and Jailbreaks – A Sermon on Matthew 11:2-11

The collect and readings for The Third Sunday of Advent may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 11:2-11. 2When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” 4Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear … Continue reading Expectations, Prison, and Jailbreaks – A Sermon on Matthew 11:2-11