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Weary in a Broken World?

I have a confession… I struggle with our 2nd Thessalonians text.
I struggle particularly with the “those who do not work, should not eat”.

But, it is not rooted in a far too often misrepresentation of my generation, the millennials, lacking in work ethic.

It is also not rooted in a gracious acceptance of persons who abuse the charity and generosity of others.

It is, however, rooted in the reinforcement of a non-Christ- like sentiment and an American myth…. that we can simply pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps.

And I state this as one who experienced and witnessed my mother struggle, fight, and improve our financial standing. But it also taught me, if you are in a position to help another, you do it.

The reality is that vulnerable persons are not always vulnerable due to their lack of work ethic, poor choices, or because they are a sinner outside of God’s grace, mercy, compassion, and LOVE.

The reality is that vulnerable persons are often survivors who have (and continue) to be victimized by our broken, messy, and sinful world rich in the sins of oppression and injustice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 18, 2019 in Sermons


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Heal Wounds, Reconcile Divisions

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Our texts this week were from 2 Thessalonians 3 and Luke 21. In Thessalonians, Paul reminds us to not grow weary of doing what is right. [And] Luke 21 is a popular text about the end of the world; no stone will be left on stone, nation will rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom. But, it concludes with Christ reminding us to remain in him.

I have a policy, I don’t preach politics from the pulpit. But if I ignored the election and its aftermath, I would be negligent as a preacher. However, its not necessarily the way you envision. If you have heard me preach, if you have watched these videos, a common theme is division. A common theme is that although we have differences, they don’t have to be divisions. Let alone dangerous divisions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Sermon Summaries


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