Category: kingdom

All Saints 0

No saints of the status quo

Back in my parish priest days, I would occasionally say in sermons or classes, “There are no saints of the status quo.” What I meant by that is that nearly all the people we remember and commemorate as saints are people who, in some way, rocked the boat.

Christ Pantocrator 0

What is your testimony? A sermon for difficult times

The truth is, scriptures like these were not written for comfortable people. They were not written by comfortable people. These scriptures have nothing whatsoever to do with comfort. This week, we can’t look away. And we shouldn’t look away from the message of grace and mercy that the Gospel has for us.

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Where does the church belong?

Sometimes, I think we confuse the work of the church and the work of disciples. The church — literally, the ekklesia, the community — is found where Christians are gathered. The work of the church is to offer prayer and praise; to proclaim the Gospel; and to promote justice, peace, and love.

Jesus mosaic Hagia Sophia

When compassion gets real

Jesus taught us to love everyone, and whether or not we like them has no bearing on it. Christian love is not about emotions, it is about grace. Christian love does not come with a Hollywood soundtrack, but rather with the sweaty brow of hard work.

Who can stand when he appears?

What I want to commend here is the idea of preparing ourselves, with some urgency, to meet Jesus. Our meeting with Jesus may be at the Last Day, or it may be in the sacraments tomorrow, or it may be in the prisoner or the hungry tonight.

Palm Sunday: The collision of hope and fear

A couple of days ago, Palm Sunday, I preached at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati. A few people asked me about my sermon text, which I didn’t have, since I preached without notes. As...