Sermons on Lent
In general, most of us have a desire to have things turn out “our way.” Right now, more than ever, we need to give up having things our way.
As a country, we are in the midst of a crisis because of COVID-19. This crisis is having major implications for our personal finances.
When I set an expectation for someone, what I am doing is setting a requirement for someone on their behalf.
With cautionary advice to avoid social proximity to others and pandemic with COVID-19, we are in exceptional times.
Worry about things changes nothing, but what should we do when we are concerned? Not being concerned about things that matters is negligent. What should we do when we are overly-anxious and paralyzed by inaction? Listen for more… Key Texts: Mark 4:26-29
Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return one day.
In one of the most moving scenes in the life of Christ we are both inspired and deeply challenged by his example. In great pain and distraught he prays. What he prays is the stuff of true devotion, true commitment, true sacrifice It’s why we love him and why we need him for his fortitude definitely unveils our shallowness. Key text: Luke 22:39-44 (NKJV)
Today we get to the heart of it. If what Jesus has previously said wasn’t enough, the words we read today have the potential to alienate everyone. Without question, Jesus declares he is a different kind of Messiah than expected. He is not one who will overpower the Romans or impose his will over his enemies. Instead he calls for the most radical aspect of discipleship yet. Key text: Luke 6:27-36 (MSG)
Today’s reading is a parable of Jesus’ that probably doesn’t make anyone’s favorite list. However, if we can get past the cultural context of the norms and values of a master-slave relationship we can hear a startling revelation: even when the demands are difficult and draining, a servant of Christ is still only doing what is required and expected. Key text: Luke 17:7-10 (NLT)
Everyone knows that a preacher doesn’t get into any faster trouble than when he starts talking about money… Jesus talked about money a lot! In today’s reading Jesus is actually interrupted by someone in a financial dispute with his sibling. Jesus uses it as an opportunity to warn us about greed. We may feel we are greedy but then again, how rich are we towards God? Key text: Luke 12:13-21 (NRSV)