Keeping the Rules or Keeping the Relationship? A Sermon on Matthew 5:21-37

You have heard it said, “The Old Testament is a book of law and judgment.” You have heard it said, “The New Testament is a book of grace and love.” But I say to you, “Welcome to today’s gospel!” (Matthew 5:21-37, Epiphany 6A) Today’s gospel won’t let us make those simple and inaccurate distinctions. Jesus’ words show continuity and consistency between the Old and the … Continue reading Keeping the Rules or Keeping the Relationship? A Sermon on Matthew 5:21-37

Believing in the Giver of Life

For most of us, I suspect, there are moments when the existential questions of life can no longer be answered, ignored, or denied by focusing on our careers, jobs, marriages, families, acquisitions, or accomplishments. Who am I? What is my purpose? What have I really accomplished? How will I be remembered? Will I even be remembered? Where is all this going and what’s it about?

Some will simply chalk it up to a mid-life crisis or the frustrations and difficulties of life. Others will try to reinvent themselves. In those moments we face our own mortality, the passing of time, and the limitations of this world. That we are finite, biological creatures with a beginning and an end, becomes more clear. These are “spiritual” moments par excellence. At the heart of these moments are our longing and yearning for life, not just life as we know it, more of the same, but a life we can scarcely imagine let alone obtain for ourselves.

Who is the one that will give us that life? What does that life look like? Continue reading “Believing in the Giver of Life”

Dying to Live – A Sermon on John 12:20-33; Lent 5B

The collect and reading for the Fifth Sunday of Lent may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 12:20-33. They say there are three things that cannot be talked about. You know them, right? Religion, sex, and politics. I think they are wrong. We do talk about those things. We just do it really badly. There is, however, something we do not … Continue reading Dying to Live – A Sermon on John 12:20-33; Lent 5B