I love the image of a person figuring out how high their tower can be or the king sorting out the costs of war. They are so real, as I discuss. And they aren’t the point. Jesus is talking about Discipleship. I worked most closely with Luke 14.25-33 (link).
Between some vacation, a guest preacher, and some other schedule oddities, writing and preaching meant finding some old habits. So we have a classic sci-fi reference and a story from Genesis. Which makes perfect sense when the text is the Epistle to the Hebrews. I am preaching from Hebrews 13. 1-8 15-16, but reference Genesis […]
The story of Naaman’s healing is so many things. It’s a moment where Elisha proves he’s equal to his mentor, where the geopolitics in the region ramp up to a near crisis, there’s a bit of humour around who is worthy of honour. But most of all it’s about the faith of an unnamed slave […]
I have loved this story of Elijah in the mountain cave since I first heard it. Not only do I think the prophets of 1 &2 Kings have wisdom for the modern Church, but it’s so human to want to be intimidated in the face of building or rebuilding. Also, God does a lot of […]
Pentecost is hard to preach because what I don’t want to do is take the overwhelmingness of the Holy Spirit and shrink her into my sermon. Instead, I hope that what I preach orients us all (including me!) to the ongoing work of God the Holy Spirit around and through us. I worked most closely […]
In Eastertide I miss the readings from the First Testament, but I also love the story of Acts and how many fascinating sections like todays we get to spend time with. Paul and Silas in jail, singing. Which is both inspiring and dangerous to the same system that incarcerated them. Here’s what I said: I […]
I love this passage. I think many preachers do. “Love one another as I have loved you” is rich in theology and potential sermon directions. I got hung up on the first bit, “When he had gone out…” Which points to how much else is going on.Here’s what I said: I worked most closely with […]