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Thy Kingdom Come

So before I start the sermon, I am going to ask the men in our room to raise your hand when a statement sounds like you and to keep it raised until the very end. 

  • How many have a child through biological means or adoption?
  • How many have a child who many have four legs and fur? 
    {I am a fur-parent. Pets are like kids. I get it.}
  • How many of you take nieces, nephews, other children in your life,
    jack them up on sugar, and return them to their other parents?
  • How many of you are teachers, in the medical field,
    or in some other way care for and nurture other people?

Every man in this room should have his hand up.
Happy Father’s Day to each and every one of you. 

Our scriptures this morning combine two common themes throughout scripture, which we look to scripture for the themes that thread it together.

At first glance, however, these themes seem distant and yet are more deeply intertwined than we credit it them (in my opinion).

The first theme is located in our Ezekiel and 2 Corinthians scriptures.
It is the “Grand Reversal”.

Although it may be new language for some, it is the concept heard in Mary’s Magnificat, or her song when she learns that she will mother the Christ child.

The lowly will be lifted up.
The poor will be come rich.
The oppressed with have freedom.

We LOVE that imagine, right?
It is all the injustices of our world made right.

The second theme is in our Mark scripture of the Mustard Seed as a parable for God’s kingdom. Mark’s gospel has an over-arching theme that the kingdom of God is here now (we get glimpses), it is near (we are called to live further into it), and it is not yet fulfilled. The Mustard Seed reminds us that the kingdom of God is bigger and better than we can even imagine.

What if the grand reversal is in fact the reign/kingdom of God fulfilled? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2018 in Sermons

 

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