That’s what is waiting for us on the other side of nationalism, of racism, of tribalism. New Creation. A new peace beyond borders. A new world without war. It starts one conversation at a time, with each act of welcome, with every stranger welcomed into our homes.
Texts: Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18 + Psalm 119:33-40 + 1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23 + Matthew 5:38-48 As books of the bible go, Leviticus has kind of a bad rap, mainly because of its preoccupation with rules and laws. This is, after all, the book that gave us such gems as: It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, February 23, 2014: Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
Texts: Acts 11:1-18 + Psalm 148 + Revelation 21:1-6 + John 13:31-35 Apostles dream, and then they act. This passage from Acts stirred up some lively debate among the pastors with whom I gather each Tuesday morning to study the scriptures in preparation for preaching. There was some concern that the story is too bizarre, … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, April 28, 2013: Fifth Sunday ofEaster