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Holy? Perfect? Complete Wholeness

Holy? Perfect? Complete Wholeness

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All of our texts this week had a common theme that isn’t at first evident.

We begin with Leviticus 19. We don’t like Leviticus. We struggle to work with it as it is THE legal code and our passage was from the Holiness Code. We all cherry-pick the law based on our own understanding of what is right and what is wrong and what we can justify. Our passage today was about not stripping the vineyard or the fields empty, in order that the poor, the alien, the immigrant in our community would be able to eat from it; thus, serving those in need. The passage left out was about animal sacrifice and we cut it short before it addressed not cutting our hair, not wearing fabric made of mixed materials, body modifications like piercings and tattoos.

At coffee hour, one of my members asked how many sets of piercings do I have; the answer is four. They jokingly said ‘I am not going  to ask how many tattoos you have’; well, that answer is also four. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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A Life Well-Lived

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At the end of reading the Gospel, I always say “the Gospel of our Lord” and the congregation replies “Praise to you, O Christ”, although they were a little hesitate this week.

Our texts were a little heavy on the law and Lutherans think the law and gospel should be balanced, like a brewmaster balancing the bitter hops with the sweet malt. You could say our texts were a little hoppy this week.

In our Deuteronomy text, we are asked to choose life or death, not mortal physical life or death, but a life well-lived. How do we live a life well-lived? By obeying, or walking in and with the law, the teachings (Torah), the guidelines for our relationship with God and neighbor, such as Psalm 119 speaks. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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We’re Salt & Light: But are we?

We’re Salt & Light: But are we?

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Our texts this week built upon our texts from last week and I asked each of us to discern what it means to do true worship in our time and in our place. The worship to do justice, to love kindness, to walk humbly with our God.

In Matthew 5, we get the second piece of the Sermon on the Mount, the call to be the light and the salt of the earth. Isaiah builds upon what that means, and it is to break the bondage of oppression, to break the yoke of burden, to feed the hunger, to shelter the homeless.

This week I came across commentary and songs that spoke to this text better than I could summarize. I apologize in advance if this is a little longer than normal (which it is).

The first comes from Christian Century, where the author holds a powerful mirror in front of us, in order to convict us of our short-comings and show us a better way. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Sermon Summaries, Sermons

 

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True Worship: Justice, Kindness, Walk Humbly

True Worship: Justice, Kindness, Walk Humbly

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I struggled this week with our texts in light of our world.

Our gospel text was Matthew 5, Matthew draws some similarities between Moses and Christ. Moses went up the mountain into the presence of God, received the Torah (teaching) and brought it down to the people. In Jesus’ first act of public ministry, he brings the people up the mountain into the presence of God to teach.

He begins his Sermon on the Mount with a beloved text, the Beatitudes. Blessed, Holy, Honored are those who are poor in spirit, meek, peacemakers, and persecuted on my behalf.

I am not meek. I don’t like drama, but I am also known to not compromise simply for the sake of keeping the peace. It got me thinking about how often Christians are criticized for being hypocrites, for not upholding those teachings we profess. This brings me to Micah. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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