Sermons (Page 3)
As we’re spread abroad due to social distancing guidelines, we can feel distant and disconnected at times, but Paul reminds us that we are created for a purpose and that we are connected as members of Christ.
There was a government official who was pacing around late at night. He was anxious about upcoming events. The year was 1653, and Bulstrode Whitelock was being sent to Sweden as an ambassador of England. His own country had just survived a civil war, and England had executed its own king, Charles I, only a few years earlier.
Ever since I was a little girl, Mary has captured my spiritual imagination. Mary was the one God chose to bear his Son. And Mary was the one who said Yes.
On top of a cloud-enshrouded Galilean mountain, God reveals His glory in the person of Jesus. What’s distressing about Jesus’ Transfiguration, is realizing His glory is directly related to a topic about which most of us spend our lives in denial: Death.
Before moving up here last summer, I lived across the street from an art gallery in Hattiesburg, MS, and one day while walking around the neighborhood, I saw some unfamiliar art in the window. I went inside, and I learned that it was a Japanese form of art called Kintsugi, and it’s a remarkable method of repair…
In Romans, St. Paul personifies God’s hidden action during times of transition as a woman in labor. “We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now, and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we…
Today’s passages from Romans and the Psalms paint some of the most earthy, intimate, and reassuring images of God. They evoke the myriad, mixed emotions of a woman in labor – one of the most challenging, and most rewarding, experiences in life.
Our Gospel reading is well suited for the summer, because we meet Jesus on a boat this morning. I’d like to follow that example, honestly!
When God summons Abraham to the unthinkable, the unreasonable, the impossible, how does Abraham respond? He simply answers, “Here I am.”
These words of Jesus do not make an ideal message for a Father’s Day card. We hear of a sword, family disputes, questions about worthiness and life and death. This Gospel passage does not seem ideal for our environment, either, when so much already feels on edge. During these days, we bring a litany of concerns to God, concerns about illness, injustice, economic anxiety,…