Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Feasting Even in Exile

Sermon for February 24, 2019 

We find the Israelites in the middle of their Babylonian exile in this passage today. They had been violently removed from their homeland by the Babylonians 40 years earlier and here comes Isaiah to invite them back to the homeland. Back to goodness and plenty.

But it has been forty years. Forty. Most of the Israelites alive now barely remember Israel. Babylon is what they've known. Exile has become their home. After seeing their beloved city destroyed; families torn apart; houses demolished; their country lost, it was not surprising that members of the prophet's audience were not so sure anymore whether they still believed in the God of their ancestors. And yet here comes the prophet telling them to uproot everything and return to the land that God has given them.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Loving Our Enemies

Sermon for February 17, 2019 

Who are your enemies? That’s always the first question that springs to mind when I come across this passage. Who is my enemy?

Now, very few people have real enemies: dark hatted villains with curling mustaches that cackle and unleash dastardly schemes.  Instead you have the people who disagree with you. The people who cut you off in traffic. The people who are on the other side of the political spectrum and love to argue about it. The person who just rubs you the wrong way. Or maybe it's the person you thought you could trust and instead they betrayed you. We can all think of someone we have less than fond feelings for. The question is, how do we deal with them?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

What is Love?

Sermon for February 10, 2019 

I want to talk a bit about love over the next two weeks, and we’re going to begin with one of the most commonly used texts in the Bible. After the 23rd psalm, I’m willing to bet that this text is the one most heard by people who have nothing to do with the church. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


Sermon for February 3, 2019 

It can be easy to look at this story of Jeremiah’s call and think that it has nothing to do with our own lives. 

I mean, Jeremiah is one of the great prophets of the Bible, so of course God comes to him and tells him of his call directly. It makes a great story! It has drama and faith and all of the things we want in a Bible story. But it’s not something that we immediately relate to our own lives.