At the center of our low-wage scandal there is a cross. Like the cross that bore Jesus, the low-wage cross is a sign of the world’s disregard for life, a sign of the empire values of profit and expansion over God’s values of dignity and compassion. As Christians we have a relationship to the cross that looks foolish to others, but to us is the wisdom and power of God. Where the world sees shame, we see dignity. Where the world sees despair we see hope. Where the world sees death, we see new life.
Texts: Ezekiel 37:1-14 + Psalm 130 + Romans 8:6-11 + John 11:1-45 I don’t know if you’re fans of Oprah or not, in my house we pretty much are. There’s all sorts of things you can poke fun at, her singsongy way of introducing a guest (“It’s John Tra-vol-ta!), or her exuberance at distributing product … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, April 6, 2014: Fifth Sunday in Lent
Texts: Genesis 12:1-4a + Psalm 121 + Romans 4:1-5,13-17 + John 3:1-17 We finished our second session in a six-week series in Adult Education titled “Making Sense of the Cross” this morning, focusing today on how each of the four gospels presents the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection a little differently (or a lot) … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, March 16, 2014: Second Sunday in Lent