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Narrative Lectionary 2016/2017

Good Fruit

Fruit of the Spirit aren’t things for us to work really hard to achieve in and of themselves; rather, they’re the things that will be made manifest in us if we decide to follow God’s Holy Spirit in everything we do.
So…if you want your life to be more filled with joy, peace, love, generosity, or self-control, you’re going to have to take a different approach than waking up every morning and repeating the mantra, “I will have more joy today, I will have more joy today, I will have more joy today.”

Full of Grace and Power

Y’all, the risen Christ stands before you this Easter season offering grace and power, wonders and signs. These things may come with a cost because what it takes to achieve them is NOT what those who live in the kingdom of this world want, but the risen Christ stands before you, offering them. It’s up to YOU, it’s up to US, whether we’ll take what Christ offers or what someone else offers.

Rewritten

April 16, 2017 Sermon “Rewritten” Reading – Luke 24:1-12 24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body.[a] […]

Interruptions

I started the sermon by talking about the character Dug from the animated movie “Up”. And Dug had this way of stopping the important stuff to chase after squirrels. I’ll bet there are some Christians out there, maybe even in HERE, who think of taking the time and effort to share love with and be present with the seemingly most unworthy people is akin to chasing after squirrels. But in my reading of the scriptures, in my reading of the life and ministry of Jesus, it’s pretty much everything ELSE that is akin to chasing after squirrels. It’s pretty much everything ELSE that comprises the interruptions.

The Stick?

At first glance, Jesus story of the Rich Man and Lazarus might sound like a description of the afterlife. It might sound like a description of the afterlife intended to scare people with a big stick into living as God desires. But I don’t think that’s what it is at all. Rather, I think it’s Jesus’ attempt to teach people how to get the carrot, how to experience the great party offered here and for eternity. It’s Jesus way of yelling, “Choose God instead of choosing silver that turns to dross!”

The Carrot

There’s rejoicing in God’s kingdom when people choose God and love over power. There’s rejoicing in God’s kingdom when people choose to acknowledge that it is JESUS who justifies, not us, and so the finger-pointing and name-calling stops. There’s rejoicing in God’s kingdom when we all decide to welcome everyone who chooses God with open arms instead of insisting there’s no way that God would allow THAT person into the party or even that we wouldn’t WANT that person in the party…and so we refuse to enjoy any party that includes THAT person.