Texts: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 + Psalm 111 + 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 + Mark 1:21-28 Paul writes “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Cor. 8:1) and Jesus enters the synagogue where he teaches “as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” (Mark 1:22) Read side-by-side, these two passages give me a bit of pause … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, February 1, 2015: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
In today’s gospel Jesus gives us an image of God’s judgment in which all the nations are gathered together and then people are recategorized, not on the basis of what nation, or what race, or what class, or what club they belong to, but on the basis of whether they have been turned in upon themselves or turned outward toward the needs of those around them. The deep irony in our all-to-common reading of this story is that in our anxiety about God’s judgment we begin to turn inward once again and begin the process of drawing the lines that separate us, sheep from goats.
Texts: Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7-8,15,19 + Psalm 8 + Philippians 2:1-8 + Mark 10:41-45 Good morning to you all. If you worship here at St. Luke’s with us at all regularly, you’ve probably noticed that our assembly is a little larger than usual this morning. If you haven’t noticed that, you’re probably among the group of people … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, September 9, 2012: Season of Creation — Humanity Sunday