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Where Treasure and Heart Rests

The author of the Gospel according to Luke has been long accused of being anti-wealth and anti-money which is not only counter-cultural, although it certainly is, but it also is irrational because money is required for our basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter plus the extras. Within the church, that translates to the building and its maintenance, the worship, the pay of staff, which I am grateful, and our programming.

This accusation has long shone a spotlight on the tension of speaking finances within the church, but especially during a stewardship drive, or worse a capital campaign.

Yet, this accusation of the author is unfounded. The author does not oppose the tool of material resources, particularly for the sake of advancing the kingdom of God in all times and places. In fact, this is the Gospel that addresses how Jesus’ earthy ministry was funded… and it was wealthy women.

But, this author does reject the misuse, mismanagement, and hoarding of resources.

Our scripture this morning is infamous:
“Where your treasure is, there too is your heart”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2019 in Sermons

 

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St. Patrick & Gathered In

On this day, the entire world celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day.
It is especially celebrated in the United States as a day of Irish Pride.
Although there are historical reasons for that, today I lift Saint Patrick up as an example of Christian witness… and his story closely matches with the scriptures.

Our scriptures echo human distress and pain:
emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Our scriptures also echo human lamenting, or deep cries, to God.
God not only is able to handle our laments, but desires these because it signifies an intimate relationship and holds God accountable to God’s promises.

Our gospel is Jesus aware of and being warned of the danger that awaits in Jerusalem including his arrest, passion, crucifixion, and death. After all, Jesus is a prophet and that is the fate of the prophets.

Jesus, however, would not be deterred (distracted) from his mission/ministry:
to heal, to release, to forgive, to love, to serve, and to gather ALL people/creation
into God’s protective and maternal love, like that mother hen.

But, what does this have to do with Saint Patrick?

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Posted by on March 18, 2019 in Sermons

 

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Heritage & Legacy: What Will You Leave Behind?

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Our texts this week come from Genesis 15, Hebrews 11, and Luke 12.

In Genesis, Abraham is concerned about heirs and descendants.

In Hebrews, we reference Abraham as our ancestor and we the descendants in faith.

And, in Luke 12, Jesus is talking about where do you store up your treasures? Do you store them here on earth where rust, and moth, and time can reach them? Or are they stored up in heaven?

I see these texts as dealing with two sides of the same coin: heritage and legacy. Heritage is what we receive from generations of past, while legacy is what we hand off to the next generation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Sermon Summaries

 

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