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Seeking Justice, Speaking Truth to Power

We have an uncomfortable theme echoed throughout the whole of scripture, but highlighted this morning. That theme is “seeking justice, speaking truth to power”.

“Seeking justice” is one of our baptismal promises, but in the words of Luther:
‘What does this mean?’.

Our Psalm poses the same question in a cosmic drama, involving God before a panel of gods or spiritual beings. God, in an accusative tone, inquires:

  • When will YOU stop judging unjustly?
  • When will YOU stop favoring the wicked?

Honestly, God asks us these same questions.

God, then, instructs the panel and humankind about the proper use of our time, energy, talents, and treasures. In short, to seek justice by

  1. saving the vulnerable;
  2. defending the vulnerable; and
  3. rescuing and releasing the vulnerable from the hands of their oppressors.

Those, including ourselves, with power, authority, and privilege have the call and responsibility to seek justice for the vulnerable.

Those, including ourselves, who benefit from the abuse, oppression, or dehumanization of another, have the call and responsibility to confess AND to repent.

Unfortunately, in order to answer the call and embrace our responsibilities, our eyes, ears, and hearts must be exposed to the truth.

Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, understood that the political powers, their prophets, the religious authorities, and the people (including ourselves) do not desire the truth. We prefer the sunshine and rose filled illusions provided by the false prophets. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2019 in Sermons

 

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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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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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Busy, Busy, Busy… But Why?

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Our texts for this week came from Ecclesiastes 1 and 2, and Luke 12.

Ecclesiastes means teacher or preacher, its a wise old sage giving advice about things that existed in his time but it seems to transcend time and place. [because] There are words of wisdom here about everything being vanity, every thing being vapor, here now and gone later whether it be our wealth, our prosperity, or our legacy.

In Luke, Jesus gives the parable of a farmer who has a ‘bumper crop’. [and] Instead of sharing that abundance with his community, he decides to tear down his barns, build new ones, and sit back and be merry. [and] Jesus says that God’s response is”You fool, even tonight your very life is being demanded of you”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Sermon Summaries

 

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You Want the Truth?

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Our texts this week came from Jeremiah 23. Where there is a contrast between the false prophet that speaks into the hopes and the dreams of the people. So they hear exactly what they want to hear. And the true prophet who speaks the light of God’s truth into our dark world, which may not be quite ready or willing to hear.

Psalm 82, God is before a council of demi-gods or humans with significant power and influence. [And] God asks them, ‘how long will you reward the wicked? how long will you continue to let injustice rule? how long will you continue to accept the oppression of the oppressed?’ Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2016 in Sermon Summaries

 

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