In my first Sunday “story sermon” of the year, I inhabit, as is often my practice, the character of Peter, and reflect on the sustaining power of forgiveness.
Jesus spoke comfort and challenge in equal measure to attract and galvanize people to join him in his mission to re-imagine what God was doing on earth. This mission is rarely easy, but it is always worth it.
Our understanding of God springs directly from our desire to name God. Yes, we have the word “God,” but in our experience those three letters do not do justice to the sublime coherence of grace and love and communion that we feel when we stumble into God’s presence. So God has given us the gift of naming God as a Trinity of persons, which helps us see and relate to God. (Bonus: SPOILERS on my impending children)
I’ve been shortchanging the Holy Spirit’s power for too long, veering too much toward the “inspiration” side of the Holy Spirit. This sermon tries to remedy that with other “Spir”-it words.
Over the last fifty years or so, the church has lost its primacy in American society; at the same time, the story we all share — the story of God and God’s people — has not been shared effectively. We are in a new apostolic moment, in which the world is hungry and we have good news to share. And we can do it six words at a time.
Jesus offers us a life of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment; the kind of life the Creator meant for us to live. Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to tell the story of the Gospel in a sermon, lest we forget (or so we can learn it for the first time). Here, I tell the story to talk about different facets of the life Jesus offers to us all.
Today’s sermon is a meditation on Psalm 23, an “expansion,” if you will, of the content of the Psalm. I’ve heard and read this psalm a thousand times, but working intimately with it this week has given me a new appreciation for its, theme, its gentleness, and its power.
In my first ever book review on WtW, I was blessed to read Planted by Leah Kostamo. In this joyful, quick read Kostamo integrates into the anecdotal narrative honest and thoughtful theological reflection on creation care, stewardship, and vocation.