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: Jeremiah 1:4-10 + Psalm 71:1-6 + Hebrews 12:18-29 + Luke 13:10-17 Do you remember the last day of … whatever? Summer camp. High School. A mission trip. The last day after something intense and formative and life-changing. For three years after seminary I worked on the staff of a summer program down in Atlanta … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, August 25, 2013: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Texts: Acts 2:1-21 + Psalm 104:24-34,35b + Romans 8:14-17 + John 14:8-17,25-27 A little over a week ago, Kerry and I were in Nashville, Tennessee to see my eldest god-daughter, Katie Russell, graduate from seminary at Vanderbilt Divinity School. You can imagine that for a preacher and pastor like myself, there’s a special pride in … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, May 19, 2013: Day of Pentecost