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Jesus Tempted?

Welcome to Lent, a personally beloved season.
It is not so because of the sober tone and doom and gloom, but despite it.
It is so beloved because it is authentic, reflective, and emphasizes Jesus’ humanity.

The Christian Church professes that Jesus is fully divine and fully human, but it is challenging to wrap our minds around and communicate this divine mystery. Therefore, we have consciously or unconsciously decided to evaluate the divinity of Jesus at the expense of his humanity.

Honestly, it is hard as a helpless, worthless, sinful critter to deeply connect with the divine nature of Jesus.

Yet, this morning we witness Jesus within an universal human experience… temptation.

But, was Jesus really tempted? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2020 in Sermons

 

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The Darkness & The Light

Our Isaiah scripture is well-known and inter-connected with its paired scriptures, while embodying this ‘Time after Epiphany’ as the manifestation of God and the imagery of light.

Isaiah writes of those in darkness, which is directly echoed in our Matthew scripture. This darkness, however, is not historically ‘sin’. This darkness is the reality of their community as oppressed persons, who existed in injustice, hopelessness, conflict, despair and anguish, and hatred and fear. This was their darkness.

Yet, Isaiah reminds these people that the empire, and thus the oppressing forces, are temporary for they will see a great light.

This contrast of the dark and the light connects to a basic shared human experience that is not confided by the imaginary divisions of culture and language, race and ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic status, religious or non-religious adherence, generation and age, sexuality or gender identity, political affiliations, or etc. It is the anxious and fearful energy of being in the dark, for it is disorderly chaos of the unknown due to our lack of sight. However, when a source of light is introduced and we regain our sight, the anxious fear is relieved, the disorderly chaos becomes orderly stability, and the unknown becomes known.

This light is the light of our Advent candles: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2020 in Sermons

 

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Light to the Nations?

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Our texts this week are deeply intertwined in its history, as well as our own time and place.

First, I want to talk about the image of light which started in Advent and has continued in this Time after Epiphany. During Advent, we have the wreath that symbolizes the light banishing the darkness. The light symbolizing hope, peace, joy, love, and Christ that banishes despair, violence, hate, and evil.

Light also helps us to create order in the chaos of the darkness.

Our Isaiah (9: 1-4) text have been focused upon us as the light to the nations, to the peoples, to the world. In our text this week, we have a transfer of political power and some of the people are excited and hopeful about this new leadership, while others are not and their hope is being clanged to a future leader that will restore the people. We can’t look at this text in that way without thinking about the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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