Jesus recognizes that it is difficult work, trying to live an ethical life in an ethically anemic world.
The Giving Tree had a hard time making it to print. Publishers thought it was too sad for kids and too simple for adults. Fifty years later it remains something of an enigma. Some people see in the story a parable about a mother’s self-sacrificing love for her child. Some see a story of narcissistic consumption. Some have called it a story of friendship, others a parable of Christ’s love. One reviewer called it a sado-masochistic fairy tale in which abuse is elevated to a virtue.
Texts: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 + Psalm 67 + 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 + Luke 12:13-21 A couple weeks ago, for my birthday, my parents gave me one of the best gifts I’ve received in my whole life. It took them weeks, maybe months, to prepare. They started by going through all the old family photo albums and … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, October 13, 2013: Fall Ember Day / Stewardship Sunday