We all face giants, Philistines, in our lives. Sometimes it’s personal and unique to our particular situation. Goliath might be an illness, loneliness, the loss of a loved one. Maybe a rift in a relationship is standing tall. Or maybe it feels as if your life is moving out of control and you’re powerless to do anything. Other times Goliath might be more systemic. It’s mass shootings in our country, violence throughout the world, war in the middle east, racism, immigration. Goliath shows up in lots of ways.
Every time Goliath shows up the battle lines are drawn. The battle is not, however, what we often think it is. Continue reading Battling For The Heart Of Humanity – A Sermon on 1 Samuel 17:1, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49
The collect and readings for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 7B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on Mark 4:35-41. “A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.” Jesus and his disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilee. They are moving from the Jewish side to the Gentile side, the … Continue reading Peaceful Storms – A Sermon on Mark 4:35-41; Proper 7B
35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the … Continue reading Faith and the Storms of Life