Friday, July 22, 2016

Recent Sermons


  • You can click here to listen to my sermon from July 10: "Don't Be Like the Good Samaritan"  If you missed it, here's what it's about:
The story told in Luke 10:25-37 is most often called the "Parable of the Good Samaritan," but nowhere in the story does it say the Samaritan was good.  Often our idea of a good person amounts to little more than cultural respectability rather than God's idea of righteousness.  Rather than only thinking of ourselves as the Samaritan, we should think of ourselves as both the wounded man left to die and the passersby who do not stop to help.  Jesus calls us to be the Samaritan, but we are too wounded or too busy to fulfill that role.  As white people become more and more aware of the ever-present racism in our culture, we are called to examine our own wounds and why we too often pass on by.
  • You can click here to listen to my sermon from Sunday, July 17: "Subversive Religion"  If you missed it, here's what it's about:
The hymn the apostle Paul uses in Colossians chapter 1 describes Christ in cosmic terms.  This description of Christ as pre-existent, active in the process of God's creation and the one who reconciles all things offers us a subversive way to understand the Christian religion.  This Christ subverts our understanding of power and political allegiance.  It subverts our cultural divisions.  It subverts our own limitations and the limitations we place upon others.

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