Monday, May 20, 2019

Sermon 5 Easter - May 19, 2019

There is a love which comes naturally:
returning love to those to whom nature or nurture attaches us,
having enjoyment among those who share our interests,
falling in love with another person.
But loving in Jesus’ name, in his way of love
must be commanded.
Otherwise we would be satisfied with the love that comes naturally.
And yet the impossible love of Jesus is the love to which we are called.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Sermon May 12, 2019 - Easter 4C

'Non-believers assume that we’re afraid of death and are too weak to face up to it. It’s not so much that we’re afraid of death that we believe in an afterlife – though for some a visceral fear of death is a real and constant thing. Rather, our concept of death and life comes from our understanding of God and his purpose for us and for all creation.'

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sermon, Third Sunday of Easter May 5, 2019

'But to live the life of forgiveness is a way that does not cut off the future. It is a way that prays for those who are our enemies. It is a way that does not take vengeance. It is a way that does not give up on the other until death. And it is a way that plants seeds, seeds that may well bear fruit in ways that we never would have expected.'

Monday, April 29, 2019

Sermon, Second Sunday of Easter - April 28, 2019

'...though Thomas receives this great blessing, we receive a greater one, according to Jesus. ‘Blessed are those who have not seen but yet have come to believe.’ This doesn’t mean that we have to make a great act of will in order to believe in Jesus. It means that God will bless, has blessed, many who have not seen him with faith in the resurrection. And that we should not worry if we have doubts, for we are just like Thomas. We can be confident that as God blessed Thomas, he will bless us with faith in his presence that overcomes doubt. Not extinguishes doubt, not represses doubt, but overcomes doubt.'

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sermon, Easter Sunday 2019

'Our only hope is in a new world, a new world that breaks into the old one and begins to work on it from the inside. The resurrection of Jesus makes this new world a reality.'