Sermons from July 2018

Sermons from July 2018

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost If there is one thing that is certain it’s that life is unpredictable. Few of us probably need to be reminded of that. Because few of us have not felt the effects of the unpredictability of life. No matter how well we try to plan things out, there always remains the possibility that at any moment something could happen that, at best, will mean taking a detour along a road on which we had not expected…

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost If you’ve ever seen the movie Places in the Heart, you will probably never forget the closing scene. The setting is a small and simple church in Texas.  Every character of any significance in the movie is seated in the pews. The camera moves in on the preacher at the pulpit as he reads the moving verses from the 13th chapter of Paul’s First Letter to the Church in Corinth.  In those verses we hear how…

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost There are two kinds of people that we usually despise. The first are people who can never be trusted to tell the truth.  We all know people for whom a lie is just a more convenient interpretation of reality.  People who just have trouble telling the truth.  Carl Jung once noted that there were only two kinds of people he could not “cure:” schizophrenics and compulsive liars because both create alternative realities. The second kind of…

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost We have two movements to our Gospel story this morning—a coming in and a sending out. First, the coming in: I imagine the townsfolk of Nazareth abuzz that their hometown boy has returned. All gather in the synagogue, anticipating what he is going to say. Very much like you are sitting here today awaiting a good word. St. Mark doesn’t tell us what Jesus said. But a similar account in the Gospel of Luke suggests that…

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote. “How do you measure success? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a redeemed social condition or a job well done; To know that even one…